Serum test to identify acute alcohol ingestion.
Quantitative Gas Chromatography
New York DOH Approval Status
For medical purposes only. Timing of specimen collection: Dependent on time of exposure, test upon presentation to hospital.
Plain Red. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Gray (Potassium Oxalate/Sodium Fluoride).
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. When drawing a blood specimen for alcohol testing, use a nonalcohol-based cleanser at the venipuncture site.
Whole blood. Plasma Separator Tubes (PST), Serum Separator Tubes (SST).
After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 week; Frozen: 1 months
Effective February 19, 2013
|Normal Range||Not established. Limit of detection varies based on instrumentation.|
|Therapeutic Range||(Therapy for methanol toxicity): 100-200 mg/dL|
|Toxic Level||Greater than 250 mg/dL|
Toxic concentrations may cause inebriation, CNS depression, respiratory depression, mental and motor impairment and liver damage. In children, ethanol ingestion may cause hypoglycemia.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.
Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)
80320 (Alt code: G0480)
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0090120||Ethanol, Serum or Plasma - Medical||14336-2|
- Blood Alcohol Level
- Ethanol Blood
- Ethyl Alcohol