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Test Code Tox Alcohols Toxic Alcohols

Important Note

For ethanol only, order "Rapid Ethanol Level."

Clinical System Name

Toxic Alcohols (M, E, I, A, E GI) at HMC


Blood Alcohol Screen

Ethylene glycol
Isopropanol, Blood
Methanol, Blood

Toxic Alcohol Panel
Toxic Screen: Blood Alcohols

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Dark Green/Sodium Heparin or Red or Gold SST or Lavender/EDTA

Preferred Vol: 6.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 4.0 mL


Note: DO NOT OPEN TUBE. Fill tube by injecting blood through the stopper. For ethanol only, order "Ethanol."

Processing Instructions

Reject due to:

Spin: N


Temp:2 - 4  C

Storage location: DO NOT SPIN OR OPEN TUBE.

Send sample to Harborview (HMC) immediately. Sample must be processed at HMC within 2 hours of collection. Handle specimen as STAT. Label the tube with a large computer label, notify Sendouts tech, and refrigerate in the CPA refrigerator. If Send Outs unavailable cab to HMC IMMEDIATELY regardless of order priority; see stat send-outs protocol.


Off-site collection: DO NOT SPIN OR OPEN TUBE.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp  
  Refrigerated 2 h



STAT Performed TAT
Y Daily 1 - 2 d


Performing Laboratory

Harborview Medical Center



Harborview Medical Center

Room GWH47; 325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone Number: (206) 744-3451



Reference Range


  Normal Toxic Lethal
Methanol Negative    
Ethanol Negative >150 mG/dL 350 mG/dL
Isopropanol Negative    
Acetone Negative    
Ethylene glycol Negative    




Method: Gas Chromatography

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes


Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Toxic Alcohol Panel
Reference Test Number: TOXALC
Instructions: If Send Outs is available, notify them immediately regardless of order priority; otherwise Delivery Express to HMC IMMEDIATELY . Keep a copy of the Batch Sheet for our records.