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0090131
Ordering Recommendation

Identify ethanol, methanol, isopropanol, or acetone ingestion. For medical purposes only.

Mnemonic
ALCT
Methodology
Quantitative Gas Chromatography
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-3 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
For medical purposes only. Timing of specimen collection: Dependent on time of exposure, test upon presentation to hospital. 
Collect
Plain Red. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Gray (Potassium Oxalate/Sodium Fluoride). 
Specimen Preparation
Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.3 mL) Cap tube tightly to minimize alcohol loss. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Whole blood, Plasma Separator Tubes (PST), Serum Separator Tubes (SST). 
Remarks
 
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 month. 
Reference Interval
Test Number
Components
Therapeutic Range
0090144Isopropanol (Includes Acetone)Effective February 19, 2013
Available SeparatelyComponentsReference Interval
Yes (0090144)IsopropanolNo therapeutic range - Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic: > 50 mg/dL
Yes (0090005)Acetone, QuantitativeNo therapeutic range - Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic: > 100 mg/dL

 EthanolEffective February 17, 2015
No therapeutic range - Test detection limit 5 mg/dL
Therapy for Methanol100-200 mg/dL
Toxic LevelGreater than 250 mg/dL

0090005Acetone, Quantitative
Therapeutic RangeNot well established. Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic LevelGreater than 100 mg/dL

 MethanolNo therapeutic range - Test detection limit 5 mg/dL
Toxic: Greater than 20 mg/dL

Interpretive Data


Note
CPT Code(s)
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0090005Acetone, Quantitative5568-1
0090115Ethanol14336-2
0090145Isopropanol5669-7
0090165Methanol5693-7
* Component test codes cannot be used to order tests. The information provided here is not sufficient for interface builds; for a complete test mix, please click the sidebar link to access the Interface Map.
Aliases
  • Acetone
  • Alcohol, Blood
  • Blood Alcohol Level
  • Blood Ethanol Level
  • Ethanol
  • Ethyl Alcohol, Blood
  • EtOH
  • Isopropanol
  • Methanol
  • Volatiles Screen