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Lab Dept:

Chemistry

Test Name:

METHANOL LEVEL

General Information

Lab Order Codes:

MALC

Synonyms:

Methyl Alcohol

CPT Codes:

84600 - Volatiles

Test Includes:

Methanol level reported in mg/dL.

Logistics

Test Indications:

Detection of volatile, poison in blood.

Lab Testing Sections:

Chemistry - Sendouts

Referred to:

MedTox Laboratories (MedTox Test: 7)

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

Daily, 24 hours

Turnaround Time:

1 day

Special Instructions:

N/A

Specimen

Specimen Type:

Whole blood

Container:

Gray top (K-oxalate/Na Fluoride) tube

Draw Volume:

1 mL (Minimum: 0.2 mL) blood. Tubes should be filled to prevent loss of volatile compound into headspace.

Note: Submission of the minimum volume results in an elevated reporting limit and inability to repeat analysis.

Processed Volume:

Same as Draw Volume

Collection:

Routine venipuncture

Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Do Not centrifuge. Ship specimen at refrigerated temperatures in original collection container. Forward promptly.

Patient Preparation:

None

Sample Rejection:

Mislabeled or unlabeled specimen

Interpretive

Reference Range:

None detected

Critical Values:

N/A

Limitations:

Reporting limit: 3 mg/dL

Methodology:

Gas Chromatography/ Flame ionization Detection (GC-FID)

References:

MedTox Laboratories (July 2006)



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