For specimens coming from outreach locations please complete VGAP Request Form.
Volatiles and Ethylene Glycol testing is performed stat when received between the hours of: 0700-1600 weekdays and limited hours on weekends and holidays.
These tests will be assayed stat after hours if:
1) The patient is younger than 18 years old OR
2) The patient is 18 years or older and has an Osmo Gap greater than or equal to 10 by the following calculation -
Osmo Gap = Osmolality - [(Sodium*2) + (Glucose/18) + (BUN/2.8)]
If neither of these 2 criteria are met for samples received after hours, testing will be completed the next dayshift.
All results will be called.
The half-life of ethylene glycol is 3-6 hours. A lethal dose of ethylene glycol is 1-2 mg/kg body weight. Propylene glycol can also be detected by this method.
Methanol is commonly referred to as wood alcohol or methyl alcohol.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by the UWHC Clinical Laboratories. This test meets the standards for clinical testing. This test should not be regarded as investigational or for research use. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or cleared this test; however, the FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.