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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Ethanol, Blood (Alcohol)

Test Name

Ethanol, Blood (Alcohol)

Red Tube with thin top Specimen Type / Requirements

Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = Gold (SST)

Minimum Volume = 1ml Serum

Tube must fill to at least ½ or greater of its vacuum capacity

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions: When possible collect sample in a red tube or a gel separator. Do not use alcohol disinfectants at the site of venipuncture

Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label.

Stability: Stable for 2 days at room temperature, 2 weeks refrigerated at 2°C-8°C and frozen at -15°C to -25°C for 1 month. .

Transportation: Transport at room temperature ASAP.

Laboratory Staff Instructions:

Centrifuged and never opened prior to analysis provides the best sample integrity. When samples are transferred to an aliquot tube, exposure of the sample to air must be minimal to prevent evaporation of the alcohols.

Sample Rejection Criteria: Unlabeled and/or Non sufficient Quantity (Not Sufficient Quantity)

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

2 hour for Trauma / Stat - 4 hours for routine

Test Utilization

Reference Value

Toxic: > 39 mmol/L L

Impairment: 11 - 22 mmol/L

Depression of CNS: > 22 mmol/L

Fatalities reported: > 87 mmol/L

Legal limit: 17.4 mmol/L

Test Code



Gas Chromatrography (with FID)

Testing Location


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