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Ethylene Glycol, Blood Level

Mnemonic:    [EthGly Bld]
Name:    Ethylene Glycol, Blood Level
Specimen:    2 mL serum from a Red SST or Red top tube, or plasma from a Green PST.
ALCOHOL SHOULD NOT BE USED TO PREPARE THE
VENIPUNCTURE SITE. BETADINE®, OR OTHER ANTISEPTICS THAT DO NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL SHOULD BE USED.
Minimum Spec:    0.3 mL
Transport Temp:    Critical Frozen sample. Freeze immediately and transport frozen.
Ref Lab/Code:    NorDx ETHYG
  Method:    Gas Chromatography
Note:    Useful for the detection of ethylene glycol in cases of accidental ingestion, especially in children, or in intentional ingestion by potential suicide victims.
Processing Info:    Indicate plasma/serum on request form and on sample container. NorDx test code: ETHYG

This test is not orderble in ERNE Millenium or Centricity.
Call the lab for them to order.

Often Ethylene Glycol, Isopropanol, and Methanol levels are ordered simultaneously. They can all be ordered under one UNLIST LAB.

Usually ordered STAT. Call for a courier. Notify NorDx in advance if after routine hours to let them know that a STAT sample is coming.