Conn. Agencies Regs. § 14-227a-9b. Requirements for the conduct of the testing and analysis of blood and urine.
Requirements for Blood Collection
Blood shall get withdrawn by a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state. So, this includes a phlebotomist as defined in subdivision (12) of section 14-227a-1b of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies. Other options include:
- A qualified laboratory technician.
- An emergency medical technician II.
- A registered nurse.
- Such other occupational classification as the commissioner determines may competently and safely withdraw blood for the purposes of sections 14-227a-1b to 14-227a-10b, inclusive, of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies.
Blood samples shall be collected using a sterile syringe and hypodermic needle. Or, they can use other equipment of equivalent sterility. Also, the skin at the area of puncture shall get thoroughly cleansed. In addition, it should get disinfected, provided that any solution containing ethyl alcohol shall not get used as a skin antiseptic.
Containers and other equipment for sample collection shall be of a type that will preserve the integrity and suitability of the sample. This happens from the time of collection until analysis. Following collection, the container for each sample shall get sealed and labeled. But, only those samples properly sealed shall get analyzed.
Requirements for Urine Testing
The police officer collecting the sample shall monitor the collection of the sample to ensure that adulteration or misidentification does not occur. In addition, collections shall be monitored by a police officer of the same gender as the individual who gave the sample.
Containers and other equipment for sample collection shall be of a type that will preserve the integrity and suitability of the sample from the time of collection until it is analyzed. Then, following collection, the container for each sample shall be sealed and labeled. Only those samples properly sealed shall get analyzed.
Requirements for Blood and Urine Tests
No analysis result may be reported or used for the purposes specified in section 14-227a-2b of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, unless the method or methods used to conduct the analysis got approved by the commissioner and an analyst performs such analysis.
In conducting the analysis, the analyst shall use standards and controls approved by the commissioner.
All tests shall get performed in duplicate. Alcohol test results shall be reported to the requesting agency. This happens only when the duplicate results correspond to each other within 5% of the mean value. Drug test results shall get reported to the requesting agency. This happens only when the duplicate results correspond to each other within 20% of the mean value.
All reports, written and oral, shall indicate the determined or equivalent blood alcohol content in terms of hundredths of a percent. Also, when determinations happen to the nearest thousandth of a percent, results shall get truncated to the first two digits after the decimal point. For example, a determination of 0.149% shall get reported as 0.14%.