Effect of hypothermia on breath-alcohol analysis.

  title={Effect of hypothermia on breath-alcohol analysis.},
  author={Geo rey C. Fox and John S Hayward},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  volume={32 2},
Mild hypothermia, induced by experimental immersion of ten subjects in cold water, distorted the decay curve of breath ethanol of intoxicated subjects by as much as 22% while not altering overall ethanol clearance rate. The results provide in vivo verification of the in vitro temperature correction factor of 6.8% X degrees C-1, and support previous recommendations that temperature monitoring be included in procedures for breath-ethanol testing. We recommend that mouth temperature be obtained… CONTINUE READING

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