Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Alcohol Fractionation (by Gas Liquid Chromatography)

Test Name: Alcohol Fractionation (by Gas Liquid Chromatography)
Alternate Name(s): Volatile Screen
Methanol
Isopropanol
Acetone
Ethanol
Laboratory: Core (VH)
Specimen Type: 5 mL Gold top Vacutainer tube. Lithium Heparin or EDTA plasma is also acceptable.
Collection Information: Volatile: keep tube tightly sealed.

Do not use alcohol swab for venipuncture.

Volatile screen is available STAT without authorization.
Requisition: GENERAL LABORATORY REQUISITION
Test Schedule: As Required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
 
Routine
4 hours
Stat
1 hour
 
Reference Range: 
Toxic Levels:
Methanol:
>6 mmol/L
Isopropanol:
>7 mmol/L
Acetone:
>6.9 mmol/L
Ethanol:
>33 mmol/L
Effective Date: 2010-01-26
Revised Date: 2019-02-15
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Alcohol fractionations are performed when requested. Methanol, Isopropanol, and Acetone are identified and quantitated by Gas Liquid Chromatography.
Routine Ethanol is quantified by an enzymatic assay.
Ethanol quantitation by Gas Liquid Chromatography is available with Biochemist approval.
Special Processing: For SRA staff when a sample is received at UH:

UH SRA:
Please call VH SRA when a sample is received.
VH SRA:
Please alert technologist that a sample is on the way
Comments: CRITICAL VALUE to be phoned to Nurse or Physician immediately:
all positive results.
Method of Analysis: Gas Liquid Chromatography
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
System Codes: 
Cerner
VOL
 
Referred To:  

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