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Alcohols
0090131
Ordering Recommendation
Use to identify ethanol, methanol, isopropanol or acetone ingestion.
Mnemonic
ALCT
Methodology
Quantitative Gas Chromatography
Performed
Sun-Sat
Reported
1-2 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
  
Collect
Plain red. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or gray (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate).  
Specimen Preparation
Do not freeze whole blood. Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL serum or plasma to a tightly-capped tube to minimize alcohol loss. (Min: 0.3 mL)  
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 (if tightly capped); Refrigerated: 2 weeks (if tightly capped); Frozen: 1 month.  
Reference Interval
 
 
Test Number Components Therapeutic Range
0090144Isopropanol (Includes Acetone) Effective February 19, 2013
 
Available Separately Components Reference Interval
Yes (0090144) Isopropanol No therapeutic range -​ Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic: > 50 mg/dL
Yes (0090005) Acetone, Quantitative No 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 Methanol 100-​200 mg/dL
Toxic Level Greater than 250 mg/dL
0090005Acetone, Quantitative  
 
Therapeutic Range Not well established. Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic Level Greater than 100 mg/dL
 Methanol No therapeutic range -​ Test detection limit 5 mg/dL
Toxic: Greater than 20 mg/dL
Interpretive Data
 
Note
 
CPT Code(s)
80320; (Alt code: G6040)
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