If prolonged treatment with Amikacin is anticipated, regular monitoring of pre-dose serum levels will be required.
Take a blood sample immediately prior to the 2nd dose (if duration greater than 48 hours). Do not wait for the result – give second dose as planned. If the level comes back ≥ 5mg/L the 3rd dose should be adjusted. Document on request form when the last dose was given & time and date sample was taken.
Pre-dose (trough) <5mg/l
|Sample & container required||Serum SST gold top|
|Sample volume||0.5 ml|
|Turnaround time||1 Day|
This test is performed by the Clinical Biochemistry department