This test may be requested in the investigation of a patient with suspected alcohol intoxication.
The test will NOT detect non-ethanol alcohols (e.g. methanol, ethylene glycol etc.). If toxic alcohol ingestion is suspected please request measurement of these alcohols separately.
Specimen Collection Protocols: Alcohol wipes should not be used during sample collection.
Full tube of blood, 3-5mL use fluoride oxalate if any delay, lithium heparin suitable if sample received within 30 minutes.
Paediatric Specimen: Full Li Hep (green) Microtainer paediatric tube
Sample Delivery to Lab - Full tube, tightly capped
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Full tube, tightly capped
The lower limit of reporting is 3mmol/L.
The legal limit for driving (if aged >20) is 11mmol/L (50mg/dL).
To convert between mmol/L and mg/dL, multiply the result by 4.61
Results from this assay cannot be used for medicolegal/forensic purposes.
Beckman Coulter AU5822 analyser using Beckman Coulter Emit II Plus Ethyl Alcohol enzymatic assay reagents
$20.48 (Exclusive of GST)
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