A new consensus statement has been issued for vancomycin dosing. Highlights include: For patients with normal renal function, dose should be 15-20mg/kg (actual body weight) q8-12 hrs. Trough levels (obtained after the 4th dose) should be >10mg/L for most patients, but should be >15mg/L for MIC’s >1, or for complicated infections (osteo, meningitis, endocarditis, staph pneumonia) (guidelines).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.