Ethanol, Blood

Abbrev Code:ETOH   
Order Code:LAB46Order Name:Ethyl Alcohol Level
Synonyms:Ethyl Alcohol
Methodology:Roche: Enzymatic alcohol dehydrogenase
Woodwinds: Alcohol dehydrogenase
CPT Codes: 82077 x1, 82077 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Ethyl alcohol for medical purpose only. Not for legal use.
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Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Collection Instructions:Chemistry Tests Containers Chart
Use a non-alcohol germicidal solution to cleanse the skin. The collection tube should be completely filled and kept tightly stoppered at all times.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not remove stopper. Centrifuge and store in refrigerator. If ETOH is ordered on the same collection tube with VSCN, remove stopper, aliquot quickly, and stopper tube tightly. Comment that the tube has been opened on the request form.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
     Serum, Plasma (Li-heparin): 2 days at room temperature; 2 weeks refrigerated; 4 weeks frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Roche-Grand Itasca, Roche-Lakes, Roche-Northland, Roche-Range, Roche-Ridges, Roche-Southdale, Roche-St. John's, Roche-UMMC East, Roche-UMMC West, Woodwinds)


Critical Range:Greater than 0.3 g/dL
Reference Range:≤0.01 g/dL
Use:Suspected ethanol abuse.

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