METHANOL

Mnemonic

METHY

Synonym

Methyl Alcohol - Wood Alcohol

Guidelines

For Urine Alcohols, please see ALCOHOL(S).

Specimen Collection Requirements

Patient Preparation

Use iodine swab to clean draw site. DO NOT use isopropyl alcohol wipe.

Collect

Preferred: Whole Blood, one 4 mL gray top tube (sodium fluoride/potassium oxalate).
Also acceptable: Serum or Plasma, one 7 mL red, one 4 mL dark green (sodium heparin) or one 4 mL lavender (EDTA) top tube.

Handling

Preferred: Submit entire unopened specimen. Refrigerate 2- 8°C.
If processed, make sure specimen has not been uncapped except to transfer to a clean tightly capped test tube.

Preferred Volume

4 mL whole blood, 2 mL serum or plasma

Minimum Volume

2 mL whole blood, 1 mL serum or plasma

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Specimens below the minimum volume.

Stability

Ambient (20-25ºC): 24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8ºC): 72 hours; Frozen (at or below -20º): 2 weeks

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Headspace Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization Detector

Reference Values

Reference Values

Not Detected (<10 mg/dL)

Toxic Levels

>20 mg/dL

CPT Codes

80320;G0480

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:22 AM