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Amikacin Level

Mnemonic:    [AMIKACIN]
Name:    Amikacin Level
Specimen:    1 mL serum from a Red SST or Red top tube. Separate serum from cells ASAP. FREEZE
Minimum Spec:    0.5 mL
Transport Temp:    FREEZE
Ref Lab/Code:    Nordx
Reference Range:    Adult Peak: 20-40 g/mL
 Pediatric Peak: 15-25 g/mL
 Toxic range: > 60 g/mL
  Method:    Fluorescence Polarization Immunoassay (FPIA)
Processing Info:    Specimens containing additional antibiotics should be stored frozen if any delay in analysis or more than 8 hours in transport time is anticipated. Failure to freeze specimen containing additional antibiotics may result in falsely low amikacin levels due to in vitro inactivation.

Specimens containing kanamycin A, kanamycin B will yield falsely elevated values for amikacin.