NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update Acute

Vancomycin prescribing chart tips (December 2014)

Information below is specific to the use of medicines in the adult setting

The new vancomycin prescribing, administration and monitoring chart was rolled out across GGC in August this year.  The following practical tips may be useful for prescribers.  

1.  Always CIRCLE the prescribed time

Figure 1 shows the risk of missed doses if the time is not circled.  

2.  Always prescribe the dose times in CHRONOLOGICAL order

Figure 2 demonstrates a situation where it is unclear whether the 0230 dose was administered on 6/9 or 7/9.  Prescribing the 2am dose in the first ‘other times’ box and scoring through the first dose would make the dosage history clearer.