Specimen Requirements

Title

GENTAMICIN

Specimen Requirement

1 SST/1.0 mL serum. Please specify peak, trough or random level on requisition. For peak level, obtain specimen one hour after IM dose or 30 minutes after IV does. For trough level, obtain specimen immediately prior to next dose. After 30 minutes of clotting, promptly centrifuge and refrigerate serum.

Methodology

Stability

Refrigerated: 6 weeks; Frozen: 6 months

Reference Range

By Report

Turnaround

1 day

Clinical Use

Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic that acts by inhibiting bacterial protein synthesis. It is used to treat serious infections due to many aerobic and anaerobic types of bacteria.

Test Code

GENTP (PEAK), GENTT (TROUGH), GENTR (RANDOM)