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Test Name: Alcohol

Test Code(s): ALC / GM2440

CPT Code(s): 82055

Methodology: Enzymatic

Clinical Significance: Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) method is used for medical alcohol levels only. Legal alcohols are performed by the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Request Form: UWHC Laboratory Request Form (UWH 1289220, 4004202); Write in test if not on form.

Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.

Turnaround Time: Stat: 1 hour.
Routine: 4 hours.


Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood

Collection Instructions: Do not use alcohol to prepare site of collection.

Collection Container: Preferred: Green cap with yellow ring (PST)
Also Acceptable: Green top, Red cap with yellow ring (SST), Red top

Collection Volume: Preferred: Full 4 mL tube
Pediatrics: Full 2 mL tube

Sample Analyzed: Plasma or serum

Volume Required: Preferred: 1 mL
Pediatrics: 0.2 mL

Specimen Processing: Centrifuge. Transfer cell-free plasma/serum to plastic vial. Refrigerate.

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220). Transport with coolant pack if coming from outreach location.

Stability: Refrigerated: 3 days
Frozen: Okay


Interpretation

Expected Results: 0 days and up: 0.0 g/dL

Test Limitations: This result should be used for medical purposes only.

Ethyl Alcohol Ethanol ETOH

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