Pathology Handbook

Vancomycin Assay

Synonyms

Vancomycin/Vanc Level

Test Includes

Measurement of pre-dose or random levels of Vancomycin in the patients serum.

Clinical Indications

More than 3 days treatment with Vancomycin.

Request Form 

Request via the ICE system.

Availability

On request.

Specific Criteria

Pre dose monitoring is sufficient in most cases. Post dose levels are generally not required. Samples should be collected:

  • Pre dose: immediately before the drug is given
  • Post dose: 2 hours after completion of infusion

Patient Preparation

Patient should ideally be at rest.

Turnaround Time

All tests will be performed on the same day.

Specimen

Serum.

Volume

5ml

Container

Gold Top (SST)

Vacutainer gold top

Collection

Samples should be transported to the laboratory immediately.

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample.

Reference Range

Pre-dose: 10.0 - 15.0mg/L 

Lab Handling

Perform the assay as soon as possible.