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Advanced Pharmacokinetic Dosing Calculator -Note version

This latest version is based on a comprehensive review of the most recent pharmacokinetic textbooks. Some of the sources used are listed here.

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Patient-Specific Data

Patient: Location:

Diagnosis:    Initial dose:

Date started: Time started:


Other Antibiotics

Blood culture:

Urine culture:

Other labs:


Age: Sex: Serum Creatinine:
: Weight:

Clearance method

Drug Selection, Levels, and Drug-specific PK Parameters:

Select Drug: Desired Peak: mcg/ml

Desired Trough: mcg/ml
Volume of distribution:led
Usual range: aminoglycosides: 0.25 - 0.35.
Vanco: 0.65 - 0.9
Infusion time (ti): led

Additional Info

Select elimination rate constant (Ke) calculation method:

Background information
Ke = 0.00083 x CRCL + 0.0044 Usual Vd reported: 0.9 L/kg. (0.7 - 0.9 L/kg) Ref: 3,4,5
Clearance method: CL (L/hr) = CrCl (ml/min) x 0.06. Ke = Vanco CL/Vd. Usual Vd: 0.7L/kg. Ref: 6
Ke (hr-1) = [(0.695[(CrCl mL/min)/TBW kg] + 0.05) x 0.06] / Vd factor ] Usual Vd: 0.7L/kg. Ref: 2

New option based on input from clinicians - general assumption, adjusted body weight may be used in the morbidly obese patients receiving vancomycin: Historically actual or total is used in all cases.
Use Adjusted body weight or Use Actual (total) weight for vanco dosing.

Clearance method: CL (L/hr) = CrCl (ml/min) x 0.06. Ke = CL/Vd. Ref: 5,6
Ke = 0.00293(CrCl) + 0.014 Ref: 1,4
Ke (hr-1) = (0.0024 x CrCl) + 0.01 Ref: 5

Amputations (Optional Field)

Loading Dose - Aminoglycosides


Process form entries

Cockcroft and Gault equation utilizing the ibw (Ideal body weight) to calculate an estimated creatinine clearance

Cockcroft and Gault equation:
CrCl = [(140 - age) x IBW] / (Scr x 72) (x 0.85 for females)
Note: if the ABW (actual body weight) is less than the IBW use the
actual body weight for calculating the CRCL.

Estimate Ideal body weight in (kg)
Males: IBW = 50 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW = 45.5 kg + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.

Salazar-Corcoran Equation

Estimating Creatinine Clearance (ml/min) - Units: Weight: kg Height: meters.
For Men:
[137 - age] x [(0.285 x weight(kg)) + (12.1 x height(m)2)] / (51 x SCr)

For Women:
[146 - age] x [(0.287 x weight(kg)) + (9.74 x height(m)2)] / (60 x SCr)

Salazar DE, Corcoran GB: Predicting creatinine clearance and renal drug clearance in obese patients from estimated fat-free body mass. Am J Med 84: 1053–1060, 1988.


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