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Handling of a Patient with "Shy Lung" During Alcohol Breath Testing

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Sometimes a person undergoing alcohol breath testing may claim to be unable to produce an adequate breath sample ("shy lung"). The collector responsible for specimen collection must be able to handle the situation properly. The patient should be evaluated in a manner similar to the process for handling of the "shy bladder".

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