ETHANOL, BLOOD, FORENSIC

Components
Must be accompanied by appropriate chain of custody. Specimen must be received with security seal.

Specimen Required
Draw blood in grey sodium fluoride tube. Use non-alcohol swabs during collection. Keep specimen tightly capped and send whole blood refrigerated.

Alternate Specimen
Whole blood: Heparin
Serum: Red-top

Methodology
Gas Chromatography

Stability
Room Temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 14 days

Reference Range
Decision Level   10 mg/dL  
Low toxic:   >300 mg/dL  
High toxic:   >400 mg/dL  

Performed
Sunday-Friday

Turnaround Time1 day
Test CodeETOHF
CPT-4 Code (s)
80320 (G0480)
LOINC Codes
56478-1

Warde
Medical
Laboratory