Effectiveness of a gentamicin dosing protocol based on postconceptional age: Comparison to published neonatal guidelines

A. M. Lopez-Samblas, C. L. Torres, H. Wang, W. J. Feuer, R. N. Goldberg

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a gentamicin dosing protocol based on postconceptional age in producing therapeutic serum concentrations and to compare the protocol with commonly used gentamicin dosing guidelines. DESIGN: During the initial three months of this study infants were dosed according to physician discretion (group I). In the subsequent three-month period patients were dosed according to a post-conceptional age dosing schedule (group II). SETTING: Infants were enrolled after being admitted to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. PATIENTS: Infants less than 37 weeks gestational age with normal renal function, not receiving indomethacin, and requiring gentamicin treatment were enrolled. Fifty-nine infants were enrolled into group I (median weight 1300 g [range 720-3300]), postconceptional age 29 weeks [26- 37]); and 68 infants were enrolled into group II (weight 970 g [530-3000], postconceptional age 29 weeks [24-36]). INTERVENTION: Patients in group II were dosed according to the following protocol: postconceptional age <30 weeks, 3.0 mg/kg q24h, and postconceptional age 30-37 weeks, 2.5 mg/kg q18h. Peak and trough serum gentamicin concentrations were obtained in all study patients. Pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated from measured serum concentrations. Using the calculated pharmacokinetic data, peak and trough serum concentrations were simulated for five published neonatal dosing guidelines and the proposed postconceptional age protocol. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The number of therapeutic serum gentamicin concentrations resulting from the dosing guidelines studied were compared. RESULTS: Measured trough concentrations differed significantly between the two groups with 35 percent of patients in group I and 90 percent of patients in group II having trough values <2 mg/L (p<0.001). There was no significant difference in measured peak concentrations between groups. Simulated trough concentrations were significantly different when postconceptional age dosing was compared with commonly used protocols (p<0.0001) with the highest percentage of concentrations <2 mg/L (89 percent) resulting from the proposed postconceptional age guidelines. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that the proposed postconceptional age protocol is reproducible and reliable in achieving therapeutic gentamicin serum concentrations in neonates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-538
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Pharmacotherapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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