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Test Code ETOH Rapid Ethanol Level

Important Note

For alcohol panel, order "Alcohol Screen, Blood".

To limit exposure to air, fill tube by injecting blood through the stopper.

Testing for legal purposes is not available through SCH.

Clinical System Name

Rapid Ethanol Level

Synonyms

ETOH

Ethanol Level, Rapid

Alcohol (Ethanol Only) Level, Rapid

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Dark Green/Sodium Heparin, Grey/Fluoride oxalate, Red, Gold SST, (acceptable but not preferred: Lt. Green/Li Heparin Microtainer, Gold Microtainer)

Preferred Vol: 3 mL

Minimum Vol: 1 mL

 

Note: To limit exposure to air, fill tube by injecting blood through the stopper. Dark Green/Sodium Heparin tube recommended for fastest results.

Do not cleanse the sample draw site with alcohol or other volatile disinfectants. Use only aqueous disinfectants.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of specimen

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Storage location: Core 5 Chemistry Refrigerator

 

Off-site collection: To limit exposure to air, fill tube by injecting blood through the stopper. Dark Green/Sodium Heparin tube recommended for fastest results.

Do not cleanse the sample draw site with alcohol or other volatile disinfectants. Use only aqueous disinfectants.

Spin blood, aliquot, and refrigerate serum or plasma at 2-8oC. Children's Regional Laboratory locations: send with next available courier; if results needed STAT, send immediately via Delivery Express.

 

Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum or Plasma RT ≤ 2 d
Serum or Plasma 2-8 C ≤ 2 d
Serum or Plasma -20 C or -70 C ≤ 1 m

 

Availability

STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 h

 

Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    

Department

Department: Chemistry - Core

Phone Number: (206) 987-2617 (Client Services)

Reference Range

Negative

 

Methodology

Method: Colorimetric method by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume:  0.05 mL serum or plasma

CPT Codes

82055

 

Critical Value

>80 mg/dL