Salm, Paul, Paul J. Taylor, Darren Roberts, and Janaka de Silva. "Liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry method for the simultaneous quantitative determination of the organophosphorus pesticides dimethoate, fenthion, diazinon and chlorpyrifos in human blood." Journal of Chromatography B 877, no. 5 (2009): 568-574.
Simultaneous determination of the organophosphorus pesticides dimethoate, fenthion, diazinon and chlorpyrifos in human blood by HPLC–tandem mass spectrometry was developed and validated. The pesticides were extracted by a simple one-step protein precipitation procedure. Chromatography was performed on a Luna C18(30 mm × 2.0 mm, 3 μm) column, using a step-gradient at a flow rate of 0.4 ml/min. The assay was linear from 0.5 to 100 ng/ml (r2 > 0.992, n = 24) for all pesticides. The inter- and intra-day accuracy and precision for the method was 96.6–106.1% and <10%, respectively. The lower limit of quantification was 0.5 ng/ml. In conclusion, the method described displays analytical performance characteristics that are suitable for the quantification of these pesticides in cases of acute poisoning.