Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Ethanol,Serum/Plasma

Test Name: Ethanol,Serum/Plasma
Alternate Name(s): Ethyl Alcohol
Laboratory: Core UH & VH
Specimen Type: 4.5 mL Green (Lithium Heparin) top Vacutainer tube

0-2 years: 0.5 mL Green Microtainer
2-10 years: 3 mL Green top tube
Collection Information: Cleanse site with soap and water only. Do not use alcohol prep (isopropyl pad) or SoluPrep (chlorhexidine/70 % isopropyl alcohol) pads.

Collect blood aseptically into a Vacutainer tube.

Serum from a 5 mL Gold top or 6 mL Red top Vacutainer tube is also acceptable.
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 hours
1 hour
Reference Range: Negative

Values > 2.2 mmol/L will flag as High.
Effective Date: 2010-06-01
Revised Date: 2021-04-13
Critical Value: 33.0 mmol/L or greater
Interpretive Comments:  
Special Processing: Spin all urine samples to remove debris
Comments: Also available as part of Alcohol Fractionation by Gas Liquid Chromatography with Biochemist's approval.
Method of Analysis: Enzymatic rate
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment: Serum/Plasma must be separated within 2 hours of collection as the specimen must be analyzed immediately after opening the sample tube. Precautions should be taken to prevent alcohol evaporation.
System Codes: 
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