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Title The formation of ethanol in postmortem tissues : final report / Robert D. Johnson ... [and others].
Imprint Washington, DC : Office of Aerospace Medicine, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, [2004]

Subject Alcohol in the body.
Forensic toxicology.
Ethanol -- metabolism.
Accidents, Aviation.
Candida albicans -- metabolism.
Postmortem Changes.
Sodium Fluoride -- therapeutic use.
Alt Name Johnson, Robert D. (Robert David)
United States. Office of Aerospace Medicine.
Description i, 11 pages : digital, PDF file
polychrome rdacc
Summary During the investigation of aviation accidents, postmortem samples obtained from fatal accident victims are submitted to the FAA's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute for toxicological analysis. During toxicological evaluations, ethanol analysis is performed on all cases. Many species of bacteria, yeast and fungi have the ability to produce ethanol and other volatile organic compounds in postmortem specimens. The potential for postmortem ethanol formation complicates the interpretation of ethanol-positive results from accident victims. Therefore, the prevention of ethanol formation at all steps following specimen collection is a priority.
Sodium fluoride is the most commonly used preservative for postmortem specimens. Thus, we frequently rely on tissue specimens for ethanol analysis. The postmortem tissue specimens received by our laboratory have generally been subjected to severe trauma and may have been exposed to numerous microbial species capable of ethanol production. With this in mind, we designed an experiment utilizing unadulterated tissue specimens obtained from aviation accident victims to determine the effectiveness of sodium fluoride at various storage temperatures for the prevention of microbial ethanol formation.
Note Performed by FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute under task no. AM-B-02-TOX-204.
System Details Mode of access: Internet from the FAA web site. Address as of 7/15/09: ; current access available via PURL.
Note Title from PDF title screen (viewed July 15, 2009).
"February 2004."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 10-11).
Note Issued also in print.
OCLC # 71797995
Additional Format formation of ethanol in postmortem tissues 11 p. (OCoLC)54880301.

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