Specimen Requirements

Title

ETHANOL/ALCOHOL SCREEN, SERUM

Specimen Requirement

1 Plain Red/2.0 mL of serum. Do not collect in SST tube. Use nonalcohol swabs during collection. After 30 minutes of clotting, promptly centrifuge, separate and refrigerate serum.

Methodology

Stability

Refrigerated: 3 days

Reference Range

By Report

Turnaround

1-2 days

Clinical Use

Test unconscious patients; used to diagnose alcohol intoxication and determine appropriate therapy; detect alcoholism and to monitor ethanol treatment for methanol intoxication.

Test Code

ETHSG