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Amikacin assay (pre and post or random level)

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


4ml clotted blood (1ml if paediatric), red top, State time of last dose and time of sample


Turnaround Time: 1-2 days


Assay to determine level of amikacin in serum for therapeutic monitoring

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 24 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: mg/L
Clinical decision points: Pre <10, Post >20
 Pre <5, Post >50 (if on once daily)
Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: Antimicrobial Reference Laboratory