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Ethanol

Alternative Names:Alcohol
Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:ETOH
Specimen Types:Serum
Plasma
Container Types:
SST
Lithium Heparin (with Gel)
Collection & Request Instructions:

This test is only performed for clinical reasons and the results supplied cannot be used for medico–legal purposes. Samples taken in the Emergency Department in relation to the law applying to motor car accidents are not analysed by the Alfred Pathology Service. All queries regarding these samples should be directed to the Secretary or Director, Emergency Department (Ext. 62138).

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Room Temperature
Additional Notes:

Results are reported in mmol/L. Conversion to old units is—  mmol/l x 0.0046 = g/dL
i.e. 10 mmol/L is approximately 0.05 g/dL or 0.05%