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Are changes in blood-ethanol concentration during storage analytically significant? Importance of method imprecision
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Division of clinical chemistry.
2007 (English)In: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN 1434-6621, Vol. 45, no 10, 1299-1304 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Knowledge about the stability of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids is important information when the analytical results are evaluated and interpreted. This study examines changes in blood-ethanol concentration (BEC) during the storage of specimens for up to 12 months at 4°C. Methods: Venous blood samples were taken from drunk drivers in evacuated glass tubes containing sodium fluoride and potassium oxalate as chemical preservatives. The concentrations of ethanol in blood were determined in duplicate by headspace gas chromatography on arrival at the laboratory and again after storage in a refrigerator at 4°C for up to 12 months. Results: The relationship between the standard deviation (SD) of analysis of ethanol at concentration intervals of 0.2 mg/g (BEC) was defined by the linear regression equation SD=0.00243+0.0104 BEC (r=0.99). At a mean BEC of 1.64 mg/g, the SD was 0.019 mg/g which corresponds to a coefficient of variation of 1.1%. The mean decrease in BEC (±SD) between first and second analysis was 0.105± 0.0686 mg/g (t=19.3, d.f.=158, p

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2007. Vol. 45, no 10, 1299-1304 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-39830DOI: 10.1515/CCLM.2007.289Local ID: 51419OAI: diva2:260679
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2012-03-21

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