12.10 Vancomycin (Vancocin)

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life threatening infections, sepsis



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Nursing Considerations

• can cause ototoxicity, nausea, vomiting, nephrotoxicity, anaphylaxis, red-man syndrome
• assess for infection
• obtain culture prior to initiating therapy
• monitor blood pressure
• dose dependent draw serum trough levels frequently
• administer over at least 60 minutes to avoid skin irritation

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  • Question 1 of 1

The nurse is caring for a client who is receiving IV vancomycin. The nurse reviews the vancomycin trough level prior to administering the next dose. The lab result is 12 mcg/mL. What is the nurse’s next priority?

Module 0 – Pharmacology Course Introduction

Module 3 – Disease Specific Medications

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