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Gentamicin

Laboratory:Clinical Biochemistry
Test Code:GENT or GENT PRE or GENT POST
Specimen Types:Serum
Plasma
Container Types:
SST
Lithium Heparin (with Gel)
Collection & Request Instructions:Collect pre-dose

Request should specify dose, route, time(s) of dose/infusion and time of sample collection.

Post Dose specimen collection should be 30 mins post completion of administration

Neonates:  It is recommended to take the therapeutic level immediately before the third dose is due. Only after the level is obtained the drug should be given.

 

Transport Instructions between Sites and/or Laboratories:Room Temperature
Additional Notes:

Therapeutic Ranges:

Depends on indication -Refer to Alfred PROMPT Guideline for further details.
Adults :

Pre-dose:   < 0.5 mg/L
Post dose:   consult

Neonates:

Pre-dose < 1 mg/L.

It is recommended to take the therapeutic level immediately before the third dose is due. Only after the level is obtained should the drug be given.