Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry
Test Name:
ALCOHOL, ETHYL - (P)
Test Code: ETO
Clinical Information:
Only ethanol is measured.  To identify other alcohols, please order an alcohol screen in which ethanol, methanol and isopropanol are measure simultaneously.  Ethylene glycol is not included in the screen and should be ordered separately.  Radiator antifreeze contains ethylene glycol.  Windshield washer antifreeze contains methanol.  Use soap and water to clean venipuncture site.
Collection Devices:
Do not use separator gel.
Specimen Required:


Plasma: 2.0 mL

Serum collected without gel is also acceptable.
Referral:
Requisition:
Reference Values:
Approximate Legal Limit: 17.0 mmol/L
Toxic: > 33.0 mmol/L
Lethal: > 90.0 mmol/L
(mmol/L x 4.6 = mg/dL)
Availability:
Stat or Routine
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