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Vancomycin

Source Blood
Mnemonic Pre-dose: VANC1

Post-dose: Vancomycin post dose levels not available because Vancomycin distributes slowly into peripheral tissues, making it difficult to identify the true peak and levels have not been correlated with improvements in clinical outcome. If clinically indicated, order a Random Vancomycin (VANCR). Consult Microbiologist On Call at 403-770-3757 if you have any questions or concerns.

Random: VANCR
Specimen Requirements

1 x 3 mL or 4.5 mL light green (mint) top PST tube.  Gold top SST tube also acceptable.

0.2 mL plasma or serum

Minimum Whole Blood Volumes for Microcollections

Trough (pre-dose): Collect 0-30 minutes prior to next dose.

Random collection acceptable.

Specimen Handling Record time of last medication dose on requisition.
Additional Information For additional information, see CH-2.24 Half-life and Time to Steady State and Vancomycin Dosing and Monitoring Guidelines - Oct 2015 revision.
Testing Location Chemistry-ACH, DSC, FMC, PLC, RGH, SHC
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval Pre-dose: 10.0 - 20.0 mg/L

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