PRESERVATION AND STORAGE OF BLOOD SAMPLES CONTAINING ALCOHOL

Although sodium fluoride protects blood samples from changes in alcohol content arising from microbial action, small losses of alcohol due to oxidation occur in stored blood samples. In controlled laboratory experiments oxidative losses were minimised by the incorporation of sodium azide into the blood sample at a concentration between 0.15 and 0.3%. In blood alcohol standards (100.6 mg alcohol per 100 ml blood) prepared with sodium azide, and stored at 4 deg C for up to 3 months, alcohol losses amounted to only 1.65 plus or minus 0.15 mg/100 ml.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Scientific and Industrial Research

    Science Information Division, P.O. Box 9741
    Wellington,   New Zealand 
  • Authors:
    • Stone, H M
    • Muirhead, J M
    • Thompson, H R
  • Publication Date: 1982

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 29-36
  • Serial:
    • DSIR Bulletin
    • Issue Number: 232
    • Publisher: Department of Scientific and Industrial Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00381304
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-035 468
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 29 1984 12:00AM