Ordering Recommendation

Use to 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.
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. When drawing a blood specimen for alcohol testing, use a nonalcohol-based cleanser at the venipuncture site.

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
0090144 Isopropanol (Includes Acetone) Effective April 15, 2020
Available Separately
Components
Reference Interval
0090144 Isopropanol No therapeutic range - Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic: > 50 mg/dL
0090005 Acetone, Quantitative No therapeutic range - Limit of detection: 5 mg/dL
Toxic: > 100 mg/dL

  Ethanol Effective April 15, 2020
No reference range - Test detection limit 5 mg/dL
Therapy for Methanol 100-200 mg/dL
Toxic Level Greater than 250 mg/dL

0090005 Acetone, Quantitative
Therapeutic Range No therapeutic range. 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

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.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Note
Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

80320 (Alt code: G0480)

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0090005 Acetone, Quantitative 5568-1
0090115 Ethanol 14336-2
0090145 Isopropanol 5669-7
0090165 Methanol 5693-7
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Aliases
  • Acetone
  • Alcohol, Blood
  • Blood Alcohol Level
  • Blood Ethanol Level
  • Ethanol
  • Ethyl Alcohol, Blood
  • EtOH
  • Isopropanol
  • Methanol
  • Volatiles Screen
Alcohols