Lab Test : Alcohol, Blood

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Alternate:ETOH; Ethanol; Ethyl Alcohol
Includes:Alcohol
Department:Chemistry
Phone:(937) 641-3428
SQ Code:ALC
Available:Daily, 24 hours
Turnaround:30 minutes
Specimen:Blood
Volume:0.1mL
Container:4 mL red top tube: Do not prepare venipuncture site with alcohol swab.
Temperature:Must be delivered to lab within 15 minutes.
Rejection:In transport longer than 15 minutes
Normal:Negative.
Uses:Quantitation of alcohol level. For medical purposes only and results may not be used for legal purposes.
Limitations:Ethanol is absorbed quickly from the GI tract. The peak blood level usually occurs within 40-70 minutes on an empty stomach. Food in the stomach can depress the absorption. Serum alcohol levels are about 10-15 % higher than whole blood alcohol measurements.
Method:Enzymatic/oxidation endpoint with NAD reduction
 

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