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 Field Name  Data Description
Test Name  ETOH (Alcohol, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol)
Code  ETOH
CPT Code  80301
Last Modified  7/6/2016 1:58:00 PM
Patient Preparation  
Spec. Requirements  Blood
Tube  Lt. Green or Gold
Collection Volume  3.0 mL Lt Green or 3.5 mL Gold
Storage  Ambient. Keep specimen capped. Analyze immediately.
Routine TAT  4 hours
STAT TAT  50 Minutes
Days Test Performed  Daily
Performed by BHS  All Hospitals
See Availability  All shifts
Reference Lab  N/A
Reference Lab Code  
Clinical Use  Determination of ethyl alcohol concentration is commonly used for measuring legal impairment, investigating forensic evidence, diagnosing and/or treating alcohol dependency, as well as detecting alcohol poisoning.
Reference Range  See Lab Notes
Critical Value  Pediatric/ Neonate: > 100 mg/dl
Component  ETOH
Reference Range  Interpretive Guidelines: Blood Concentrations: Effect: 10 - 50 mg/dl No effect to mild euphoria 50-100 mg/dl Mild Euphoria 100-150 mg/dl Euphoria, Prolonged rxn time 150 - 200 mg/dl Moderately severe poisoning 200-250 mg/dl Severe degree of poisoning 250-400 mg/dl Deep, possibly fatal coma.
Critical Value  
Testing Sample Type  Plasma or Serum
Min Lab Testing Volume  0.5 mL (0.2 mL)
Special Handling  Do not use alcohol swab during venipuncture. Keep specimen capped. Samples should be analyzed without delay and immediately after opening the sample tubes.
Lab Notes  Interpretive Guidelines: Call Laboratory 77904
Methodology  Enzymatic Rate

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