Imperial Collage Healthcare

Vancomycin


Test Background
Monitoring vancomycin levels ensures dosing can be adjusted to achieve the desired therapeutic range.


Clinical Indications
Take a pre-dose (trough) vancomycin level for all patients on iv vancomycin before second maintenance dose. Record what time the sample is to be taken on the request form.


Reference Range

Pre-dose (trough)
10-15 mg/L Standard target level
15-20 mg/L Target level if severe or deep-seated infections. Such cases should be discussed with the infection team.


Sample Required
serum SST gold top


Sample Volume
0.5 ml


Turnaround Time
1 day


Notes
This test is performed by the Clinical Biochemistry department

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