Vancomycin

        As we’ve been learning, the kidneys take on a vital role of filtering substances, and electrolytes, and also to help excrete wastes. When asked to think of a drug that affects the kidneys minimally, or extensively, I thought of vancomycin.         Acting as an anti-infective to eliminate bacteria, … Continue reading “Vancomycin”

        As we’ve been learning, the kidneys take on a vital role of filtering substances, and electrolytes, and also to help excrete wastes. When asked to think of a drug that affects the kidneys minimally, or extensively, I thought of vancomycin.

        Acting as an anti-infective to eliminate bacteria, vancomycin attaches to the bacterial cell wall, and causes death of the cell. It is used when less toxic medications are contraindicated, therefore making it clear that vancomycin is among the toxic drugs to our bodies. One of the adverse reactions it may lead to, is nephrotoxicity, which is a condition that affects renal function. It is important to monitor intake and output during medical therapy, as well as monitoring the urine for a cloudy or pink appearance, which would indicate nephrotoxicity (Skyscape, 2015). Pertinent lab values to check frequently, are BUN levels which may increase with vancomycin, specific gravity of the urine, and complete blood counts. It is extremely important to note that an individual with renal impairment is monitored closely, and that the dosage of vancomycin is reduced as long as the creatinine clearance rate is less than, or equal to 80mL/min (Skyscape, 2015).

                                               References

Skyscape. (2015). Skyscape Medical Resources (Version 2.3.0) [Mobile application software].

Lab Values

My favorite lab value is: Na+135-145 mEq/L I love sodium because I actually put salt on everything, which is bad to some extent, and also because it is easy to remember for me since it resembles the pH value of 7.35-7.45. My least favorite lab value is: Mg 1.6-2.8 mg/dl The magnesium lab value is very difficult … Continue reading “Lab Values”

My favorite lab value is: Na+135-145 mEq/L

I love sodium because I actually put salt on everything, which is bad to some extent, and also because it is easy to remember for me since it resembles the pH value of 7.35-7.45.

My least favorite lab value is: Mg 1.6-2.8 mg/dl

The magnesium lab value is very difficult for me to remember! I think it is because there are four different numbers, and for some reason it doesn’t work with my brain. But I will remember it eventually!

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