Ethanol

This is a test of the blood alcohol level and is used to determine whether your level will impair your driving or other activities and also to determine the possibility of overdose (alcohol poisoning).

PREPARATION FOR TEST

No preparation or fasting is necessary.

NORMAL FINDINGS

  • Negative

  • Possible critical values are greater than 300 mg/dl or greater than 65 mmol/L (SI units).

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.