Alcohol, Methyl

Abbrev Code:METHY   
Order Code:LAB1208Order Name:Methanol Level
Synonyms:Methanol, Methyl Alcohol
Methodology:Quantitative gas chromatography
CPT Codes: 80320 x1, 80320 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to the reference laboratory Sun-Sat; results are reported within 1-3 days.

ARUP Laboratory Developed Test (LDT): For tests developed and validated by ARUP (previously referred to as Compliance Statement B, C or D). This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:6 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:1.2 mL
Container:Red (no gel)
Alternate Containers: Gray (sodium fluoride + potassium oxalate), Green (sodium heparin, no gel or lithium heparin, no gel) protect from light, Purple (EDTA)
Collection Instructions:When collecting a blood specimen for alcohol testing, use a nonalcohol-based cleanser at the venipuncture site.
Timing of specimen collection: Dependent on time of exposure, test upon presentation to hospital.
Causes for Rejection:Whole blood; collected in a gel tube.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 3 mL, 0.5 mL minimum, serum or plasma. Cap tube tightly to minimize alcohol loss. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:After separation from cells: 1 week at room temperature; 2 weeks refrigerated; 1 month frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:0090165


Critical Range:Toxic level: >20 mg/dL.
Toxic concentrations may cause intoxication, metabolic acidosis, ocular toxicity, CNS depression, and fatality if patients do not receive medical treatment.
Therapeutic Range:No therapeutic range; limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Use:For medical purposes only.

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