The Stability of Ethanol in Forensic Blood Samples with Storage Conditions

D Thorburn Burnsa, C Breena and MJ Walkerb
  a   Institute for Global Food Security, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Belfast BT9 5AG, Belfast, UK
  b   Michael Walker Consulting Ltd, BT36 5WP, Northern Ireland, UK


The stability and variation with storage conditions of ethanol in forensic blood samples have been reviewed. Safe storage conditions for samples are outlined and suggestions made for research to be carried out into methods alternative to GLC for blood alcohol determinations.

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