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Measurement of Breath Alcohol

Specialty:

Toxicology
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care

Objective:

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Description:

Ethanol is a volatile alcohol that diffuses into the alveoli as blood passes through the lungs. The amount of alcohol in the breath correlates with the concentration in the blood. Measurement of breath alcohol allows for noninvasive evaluation of a person for recent ethanol use.

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