ETOH level is needed for all Trauma Admissions (Activated and Non-Activated).
a. The ETOH level needs to be drawn on all activated trauma patients (Red and Yellow) at the time of ED arrival.
b. For Non-Activated patients getting admitted with any Traumatic Injury, it needs to be added to the first specimen sent to lab, at the time decision to admit the patient is made. These patients can be in any area of the ER
c. It must be drawn on all >=15 year old patients (even if it’s likely to be irrelevant).
Please see attached SBIRT policy, which clearly states:
Alcohol levels will be drawn for all activated trauma patients (>=15 years of age). Alcohol level will be added to the serum specimens drawn upon ED arrival on non-activated trauma patients admitted to the hospital.