Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

ETHANOL, MEDICAL

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB2241         Geisinger Epic ID: 14292

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Plasma or Serum
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
2 mL of serum or plasma; minimum 0.5 mL
Special notes:
Non-alcoholic wipe is preferred to clean draw site. Alcohol wipe is, however, acceptable.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
Allow serum to clot. Centrifuge to separate serum or plasma. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated.
Specimen stability:
Stable 2 days at room temperature, 2 weeks if refrigerated or frozen, 1 hour if uncapped at all sites. See chart.
Rejection criteria:
Stability limits exceeded.

TEST DETAILS
Interpretation guide:
Negative (<10 mg/dL).
50-100 mg/dL: Flushing, slowing of reflexes, impaired visual acuity
101-400 mg/dL: Depression of CNS
>400 mg/dL fatalities reported
CPT code(s):
82077
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Ethanol.
Methodology:
Spectrophotometric (Colorimetric)
Synonyms:
Alcohol, ETOH, ALCO
Clinical significance:
Ethanol is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant commonly drunk as an alcoholic beverage. Levels greater than 0.08% w/v in blood create cognitive amd motor impairment and may form the medicolegal definition for "intoxication." Blood alcohol content (BAC) is approximately 16% lower than serum alcohol levels done in the medical laboratory due to volume of distribution.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Hoi-Ying Elsie Yu, PhD, DABCC
Sheng-Ying (Margaret) Lo, PhD, DABCC    
Review Date: 12/24/2020

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Automated Chemistry
Technical Lead: Mariana Moyer, Jared Shepherd
Frequency: Daily, Monday-Sunday
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Performing laboratory: ATL+
Technical Lead: Sarah McGowan    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital

Performing laboratory: Chemistry
Technical Lead: Anthony Cole    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital

Performing laboratory: Chemistry
Technical Lead: Robyn Stokes  
Frequency: Daily    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Community Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Chemistry
Technical Lead: Ann Mack, Deborah Dempsey  
Frequency:    
Performed stat?

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Performing laboratory: Chemistry
Technical Lead: Melissa Forsythe  
Frequency: All shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital

Performing laboratory: Chemistry
Technical lead: Brenda Shuman-Johnson    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes

Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre

Technical lead: Bernadette Johnson    
Frequency: Daily, all shifts    
Performed stat? Yes
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