Ethanol

Test ID: 

703696

CPT code:

80320

Synonyms:

Alcohol, Blood
Blood Alcohol Level
Ethyl Alcohol, Blood

Clinical Use:

Quantitation of alcohol level for medical or legal purposes; test unconscious patients; used to diagnose alcohol intoxication and determine appropriate therapy; detect alcoholism and to monitor ethanol treatment for methanol intoxication. Must be tested as possible cause of coma of unknown etiology since alcohol intoxication may mimic diabetic coma, cerebral trauma, and drug overdose.

Specimen Type:

Whole blood or serum

Requested Volume: 

7 mL

Minimum Volume: 

0.5mL

Container Type: 

Gray-top (sodium fluoride) tube (preferred) or red-top tube. Submit original unopened tube.

Patient Preparation: 

Do not prepare venipuncture site with alcohol or remove stopper from tube.

Storage Instructions:

Room temperature

Stability Requirements:

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

14 days

Refrigerated

14 days

Frozen

14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

 

 

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