Alcohol, Ethyl : 1000058

Message
Do not prepare the site of venipuncture with alcohol.

Test Code
ALC or 1000058

Alias/See Also
Ethanol

CPT Codes
80320

Instructions
Gray top tube (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate) or plain red top tube (Min. 4 mL blood) (Do not prepare the site of venipuncture with alcohol).

Transport Container
Do not open the gray or red top blood tube prior to transport to the laboratory (preferred). Alternately, a serum or plasma aliquot (Min. 0.4 mL) may be sent. After centrifuging, aliquot serum or plasma immediately into a standard transport tube upon opening the tube. Minimize exposure to the air. Pediatric collection: 0.2 mL.

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.

Specimen Stability
Refrigerated : 3 days if unopened tube.
Frozen: aliquot and freeze serum or plasma if not tested within 3 days.

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Samples opened prior to testing; improper storage.

Methodology
Gas Chromatography

Setup Schedule
Sunday - Saturday

Report Available
1 day

Limitations
This test is intended for medical use only.

Reference Range
Not Detected
Detection level: 10 mg/dL

Clinical Significance
Measurement of Alcohol in serum or plasma is used for diagnosis and treatment of ethanol poisoning.

Performing Laboratory
med fusion



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