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



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
* 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
Alcohols