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Ethanol - Blood

Source Blood
Mnemonic ETOH
Specimen Requirements

1 x 3 mL or 4.5 mL light green (mint) top PST tube.  Gold top SST tube also acceptable.

0.2 mL plasma or serum

Minimum Whole Blood Volumes for Microcollections

DO NOT
swab arm with alcohol; DISINFECT with IODINE.

Specimen Handling

Centrifuge sample to separate plasma/serum from cells within 2 hours of collection.

Where possible, a PST or SST collection tube that has never been opened prior to analysis provides the best sample integrity.

If tube is opened; exposure of sample to air must be minimal to prevent evaporation of ethanol.

Stat tests from PSC route directly to FMC.

Additional Information

Collection of Specimens for Police (kits):

  • Medical Laboratory Assistants are not authorized to collect specimens for law enforcement.  Blood sample kits may only be collected by a physician or qualified technician under the direction of a physician.
  • Examples of staff qualified to collect law enforcement kits under the direction of a physician include: a physician, nurse, medical laboratory technologist and combined laboratory/X-ray technologist.
  • Contact the Pathologist-on-call (cell phone: 403-860-1802) or Clinical Biochemistry Clinical Section Chief with inquiries.
Testing Location Chemistry-ACH, FMC, PLC, RGH, SHC, CCHC, SMCHC
Rural: BMSH, CLH, CMGH, DDHS, HRH, SDHS, VCH
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s) Alcohol
Reference Interval Click here for critical values.