Vancomycin pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics during short daily hemodialysis

Brian S. Decker, Michael B. Kays, Mary Chambers, Michael A. Kraus, Sharon M. Moe, Kevin M. Sowinski

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Background and objectives: Short daily hemodialysis (SDHD) is an alternative to thrice-weekly HD because of its putative physiologic benefits. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of SDHD on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of vancomycin. Design, setting, participants, & measurements: Six noninfected adults who had anuria and were treated with SDHD were studied and received four dialysis sessions over 4 days. After completion of the first SDHD, each patient received vancomycin 15 mg/kg by intravenous infusion. Blood samples were collected over the ensuing 3 days during each subsequent inter- and intradialytic period. Pharmacokinetic parameters were determined. Serum concentration-time profiles were simulated for four vancomycin regimens with maintenance doses administered after every other SDHD. Area under the serum-concentration time curve (AUC) from 0 to 48 hours, 48 to 96 hours, and 96 to 144 hours were calculated, and Monte Carlo simulations were performed to determine the probability of target attainment at an AUC/minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ratio ≥800 for each 48-hour AUC at MICs ranging from 0.5 to 2.0 μg/ml. Results: Median (range) systemic clearance was 7.2 ml/min (5.3 to 10.0 ml/min), and dialytic clearance was 104 ml/min (94 to 106 ml/min). The steady-state volume of distribution was 55.4 L (34.8 to 77.2 L). At MICs ≤1 μg/ml, probability of target attainment was >90% for each 48-hour AUC when vancomycin was administered as a 20-mg/kg loading dose followed by 10 mg/kg after every other SDHD. Conclusions: Vancomycin pharmacokinetic parameters in SDHD are consistent with data from thrice-weekly HD. A loading dose of 20 mg/kg followed by 10 mg/kg after every other SDHD provides adequate exposure for pathogens with MICs ≤1 μg/ml.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1981-1987
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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