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Paracetamol (Overdose)

Alternate names:
Acetaminophen
Laboratory:
Biochemistry
Test Code:
PARA
Specimen types:
Serum
Container types:
Serum tube with gelSerum tube with gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Specimens must be collected four (4) hours post-ingestion. Repeat assay four hours after initial sample if the original level is in the probable hepatotoxic range.

Minimum Adult Volume:
1 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
0.5 mL
Notes:

Patients with potentially toxic concentrations are in danger of serious complications , especially liver damage, which may not become apparent for 2-4 days.

Frequency:
Daily
Result Turnaround Time:
4 hours
Reference Interval:

The table below indicates blood levels above which treatment should be considered.

A half-life of four hours is assumed.

 

Hours post-ingestion Paracetamol (umol/L) Hours post-ingestion Paracetamol (umol/L)
4 660 16 82
6 467 18 58
8 330 20 41
10 233 22 29
12 165 24 21
14 117 26 15

 

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