CONTAMINATION OF BLOOD SPECIMENS FOR ALCOHOL ANALYSIS DURING COLLECTION

The results are reported of an experimental study on the effect of skin cleansing prior to blood withdrawal on the alcohol content of blood specimens. In conclusion, three precautions are offered in collecting blood for alcohol determination: (1) Avoid use of ethanol, isopropanol, or other volatile organic substance for skin cleansing prior to venipuncture or capillary blood collection by skin puncture; (2) use only dry sterile gauze pads for covering the puncture site during needle removal; and (3) when using evacuated collection tubes, remove the tube from the collection needle and holder before withdrawing the needle from the puncture site.

  • Corporate Authors:

    UCLA Alcohol Research Center

    Neuropsychiatric Institute, 760 Westwood Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90024
  • Authors:
    • Dubowski, K M
    • ESSARY, N A
  • Publication Date: 1983-4

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  • Accession Number: 00386626
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 209
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM