Pathology Handbook

Paracetamol

Synonyms

Acetaminophen, N-Acetyl para-amino phenol

Clinical Indications

Suspected Overdose.

Paracetamol is the single most important substance involved in childhood and adult poisonings in the UK.

Request Form

Request on ICE

Availability

On request

Specific Criteria

Sample must be taken 4 hours or more after ingestion.Levels taken before 4 hours cannot be reliably interpreted because of the possibility of continuing absorption and distribution of the drug.

Turnaround Time

2 hours

Specimen

Serum

Volume

2 ml

Container

Vacutainer gold top

Causes for Rejection

Sample taken less than 4 hours after overdose.

Reference Range

Not detected