Alcohols
0090131
Ordering Recommendation
Submit With Order
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.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
For medical purposes only.  
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 within two hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL serum or plasma to a tightly-capped tube to minimize alcohol loss. (Min: 0.3 mL) Specimens collected in gray (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate) may be transported in the original container.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
 
Remarks
 
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week (if tightly capped); Refrigerated: 2 weeks (if tightly capped); Frozen: 1 month (except whole blood)  
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 November 14, 2011

No therapeutic range -​ Test detection limit 10 mg/dL
Therapy for Methanol: 100 -​ 200 mg/dL
Ethyl alcohol levels greater than 100 mg/dL may be toxic.
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)
84600
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0090005Acetone, Quantitative
0090115Ethanol
0090145Isopropanol
0090165Methanol
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Cross References
  • Acetone
  • Alcohol, Blood
  • Blood Alcohol Level
  • Blood Ethanol Level
  • Ethanol
  • Ethyl Alcohol, Blood
  • EtOH
  • Isopropanol
  • Methanol
  • Volatiles Screen