Ethanol, Blood


Sunquest Code:ETOH  
Epic Code:LAB46Epic Name:Alcohol Ethyl
Synonyms:Alcohol Level, Blood; Ethyl Alcohol
Methodology:Bichromatic rate
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Ethyl alcohol for medical purpose only. Not for legal use.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Green (lithium heparin, gel) (Green (lithium heparin, no gel), Green (lithium heparin) on ICE, Green (sodium heparin, no gel), Green (sodium heparin, no gel) on ICE, Gray (sodium fluoride + potassium oxalate), Purple (EDTA), Red (no gel), Red or gold (gel))
Collection Instructions: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.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:If ETOH is ordered on the same collection tube with VSCN, remove stopper, aliquot quickly, and stopper tube tightly. Comment that tube has been opened on the request form.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (Fairview Range - FRMC, UMMC-East Bank, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Northland - FNMC, Fairview Southdale - FSH, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank)


Interpretive

Critical Range:Greater than 0.3 g/dL
Therapeutic Range:0.0 g/dL
Use:Suspected ethanol abuse.


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