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This test is a lab developed test. For further information, see the Compliance Remarks section below.
SynonymsBlood Alcohol; Ethanol; Alcohol; ETOH
Container TypeGrey top tube preferred. Will test whole blood, serum, and plasma; whole blood (grey top tube) OR plasma 3 mL (grey, green, or lavender top tube); OR serum 3 mL
Supply Item Number7357
Specimen TypeWhole blood, plasma, or serum
Preferred Volume7 mL whole blood; 3 mL plasma; 3 mL serum
Emergency Minimum Volume0.6 mL
Store and TransportAmbient (room temperature); Refrigerate if specimen arrival will exceed 48 hours
Unacceptable ConditionDo not use ethyl alcohol prep to cleanse skin prior to venipuncture.
LimitationsContainer must be kept sealed.
Reference LaboratoryPAML
Reference Lab Test CodeLCA code 910531
CPT Codes80320, (HCPCS G0480)
Interface Order Code82055.Z1
Billing CodeALCOHOLE
Test ScheduleMon-Sat
Turnaround Time1-3 days
MethodGas Chromatography/FID
Reference Ranges
Alcohol, EthylNot Detected< 8mg/dL
Compliance RemarksThis test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by PAML. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or cleared this test. However, FDA approval or clearance is currently not required for clinical use of this test. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions. PAML is authorized under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) to perform high-complexity testing.

Interface Codes
typeorder codetest descriptionresult coderesult descriptionunitsdecimal placesloinc code
o82055.Z1Alcohol, Ethyl Serum/Plasma
r82055.Z1Alcohol, Ethyl Serum/Plasma82055.Z5Ethanolmg/dL05643-2
r82055.Z1Alcohol, Ethyl Serum/Plasma82055.Z6Ethanolg/dL35643-2