Alcohol, Ethyl, Blood

Last Modified: 2/15/2019 8:25:10 AM

Medical Necessity Documentation:  
Client Notes:  
Patient Preparation:  
Specimen Requirements: 3.0 mL Whole Blood in a Gray Top Tube - Na Fluoride K+ Oxalate (Do not centrifuge or open specimen)
Collection Instructions: Use Betadine or Zephiran as a skin preparation for drawing specimen

Do not use alcohol or alcohol containing solutions as a skin preparation for drawing specimen

Do not use Chloraprep Swabs for skin preparation

Keep specimen tightly capped
Minimum Volume: 1.0 mL Whole Blood
Transport & Storage: Temperature/Stability: 14 days Ambient (Transport)
14days Refrigerated
1 year Frozen
Rejection Criteria: Opened Grey top tube; Serum separator tubes (SST®)
Reference Range: None detected
Critical Ranges:  
Test Comments:  
Methodology: Gas Chromatography
Clinical Significance: Ethanol is the most often abused substance whose primary effect on the CNS varies with blood concentration. Not all individuals experience the same effects at a given blood level. Other CNS depressants have an additive effect when taken in combination with ethanol. At high concentrations, ethanol elimination is relatively constant (zero order). Fatal concentration typically exceeds 0.4 g/dL. Blood concentrations of 0.3 g/dL are associated with coma. Ethyl alcohol is present in many medicinal liquids and mouthwashes
Custom Panel: No


Turn Around Time: 1 to 2 days
Days Performed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sites Performed: Quest - Chantilly
PHL Test Code: AEBLA
EPIC Test Code: LAB2898
Send Out Test Code: 443
Alternate Test Names: Ethanol
Included Tests:  
CPT Coding: 80320

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