Parenteral Manual


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Original Date: 
August 2005
Revised Date: 
December 2019
  • Serious infections due to gram positive organisms that are resistant, or suspected to be resistant, to other antibiotics (e.g. MRSA)
  • May be indicated in certain patients allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics
Reconstitution and Stability: 




500 mg

10 mL

50 mg/mL

1,000 mg

20 mL

50 mg/mL

5,000 mg

100 mL

50 mg/mL

  • Reconstituted vial stable 24 hours at room temperature (8 hours after initial entry) and 4 days refrigerated
  • Reconstituted solutions may vary from a light yellow to light brown, and yellowish pink and pinkish - does not interfere with potency and purity
  • Stable for 24 days at room temperature and 30 days refrigerated at concentrations of 4-5 mg/mL in 0.9% NaCl
  • Stable for 17 days at room temperature and 30 days in the fridge at concentrations of 4-5 mg/mL in D5W
  • It is recommended to have a double check for calculations of reconstitution, and further dilution, to prevent medication errors leading to adverse drug effects.

- Solutions Compatible: dextrose up to D10W, 0.9% NaCl, dextrose-saline combinations, ringer's lactate

- Additive/Above Cassette Compatible: KCl

- Y-site Compatible: amiodarone, fluconazole, heparin (0.5 - 1 unit/mL), meropenem, morphine, TPN (amino acids/dextrose)

- Incompatible: heparin (greater than 1 unit/mL), many incompatibilities


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)

IV Direct NO
IV Intermittent Infusion


Syringe pump dilution: 5 mg/mL only


Large volume pump:
Usual dilution: 5 mg/mL

Fluid restricted patients: 10 mg/mL

Infusion time: doses less than or equal to 600 mg  - infuse over 60 min
                          doses greater than 600 mg -  infuse over 10 mg/min

IV Continuous Infusion YES



(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)


  • 15 mg/kg/dose IV  Q6H
    -Adjust interval in renal impairment as chart below
  • Maximum: 4 g/day prior to therapeutic drug monitoring


  • 15 - 20 mg/kg/dose IV q 8 -12 hours
  • Maximum: 4 g/day prior to therapeutic drug monitoring


Cr Cl Dosing Interval           
> 90 mL/minute Q6H
70-89 mL/minute Q8H
46-69 mL/minute Q12H
30-45 mL/minute Q18H
15-29 mL/minute Q24H
end-stage or dialysis 10-20 mg/kg.  Subsequent doses and frequency based on vancomycin levels
Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • "Red-man" syndrome (pruritus, tachycardia, hypotension, rash involving face, neck, upper trunk, back and upper arms)  -less likely to occur with longer infusion time (>1 hour)
  • Thrombophlebitis with repeated or prolonged therapy
  • Extravasation causes pain and necrosis. If extravasation occurs, click HERE for treatment guidelines.   
  • Anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity reactions
  • Ototoxicity with prolonged elevated peak concentrations (>40 mg/L)
  • Nephrotoxicity (higher incidence with trough concentrations >10 mg/L and in combination with other nephrotoxic drugs)


  • Monitor periodic renal function tests, urinalysis, serum drug levels, WBC, audiogram
  • "Red-man" syndrome usually develops with rapid infusion of vancomycin - slow the infusion rate to over 1½ - 2 hours.  Pretreatment with an antihistamine may prevent the reaction
  • Caution in patients using other nephrotoxic or ototoxic drugs



Therapeutic Drug Monitoring:   
  - Therapeutic serum concentration:

  • PRE (Trough) levels :
    6 - 10 mg/L  -Infections (eg. bacteremia) with coagulase negative staphylococci (eg. S. epidermidis) including line infections
    10 - 15 mg/L - Skin and soft tissue infections caused by methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
                        - Empiric treatment of bacterial meningitis - limited to 48 hours unless there is isolation of an organism that is resistant to beta-lactams -an ID consultation would be required
    15 - 20 mg/L - Infections with invasive or persistent MRSA such as infective endocarditis, osteomyelitis, meningitis, pneumonia or deep, severe soft tissue infections
  • POST (Peak) :   Not routine - restricted to patients requiring phamacokinetic calculations: consult pharmacy

  - Sampling time:

  • When checking trough level, administer next dose as scheduled.  Do not wait for levels to be reported unless otherwise advised
  • Initial sample : before fifth dose
  • Consider trough level prior to second dose for patients with a low CrCl
  • Pre: 0-30 min prior to next dose
  • Post: not routine - 60 - 90  minutes following 60 minute infusion -post levels are difficult to interpret for infusion times greater than 1 hour

    - Routine Monitoring:

  •  Baseline serum creatinine and PRE level .  Repeat both ONCE weekly.  For trough levels greater than or equal to 15 mg/L repeat TWICE weekly
  •  Patients receiving greater than 7 days of therapy should have a weekly CBC to asses for neutropenia

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