Feb 19, 2009

Prospectively validated dosing nomograms for maximizing the pharmacodynamics of vancomycin administered by continuous infusion in critically ill patients

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Federico PeaPierluigi Viale


The efficacy of vancomycin against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-related infections has been called into question by recent findings of higher rates of failure of vancomycin treatment of infections caused by strains with high MICs. Continuous infusion may be the best way to maximize the time-dependent activity of vancomycin. The aim of this study was to create dosing nomograms in relation to different creatinine clearance (CL(Cr)) estimates for use in daily clinical practice to target the steady-state concentrations (C(ss)s) of vancomycin during continuous infusion at 15 to 20 mg/liter (after the administration of an initial loading dose of 15 mg/kg of body weight over 2 h). The correlation between vancomycin clearance (CL(v)) and CL(Cr) was retrospectively assessed in a cohort of critically ill patients (group 1, n = 70) to create a formula for dosage calculation to target C(ss) at 15 mg/liter. The performance of this formula was prospectively validated in a similar cohort (group 2, n = 63) by comparison of the observed and the predicted C(ss)s. A significant relationship between CL(v) and CL(Cr) was observed in group 1 (P < 0.001). The application of the calculated formula to vancomycin dosing in group 2 ...Continue Reading

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Creatinine Clearance Measurement
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (organism)
Vancomycin Assay
Weighing Patient
Mrsa - Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection
Incidence Studies
Staphylococcal Infections

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