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When to Consider Collection of an Alternative Specimen for Drug Testing

Purpose:

To select an appropriate specimen for drug testing.

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

Z86.4

Description:

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved use of non-urine specimens for occupational drug testing. There are benefits and disadvantages to each specimen type.

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