Teicoplanin assay



  • These tests are referred to a Regional Reference Centre
  • Teicoplanin levels are non-urgent investigations and efforts should be made to avoid routine testing (and sampling) at weekends.
  • If necessary, assays can be arranged for Saturday mornings and most Bank Holidays, but must be received by the Microbiology Department at GRH by 10.00 am. Please telephone the laboratory to inform us that such a sample has been taken, requires testing and to confirm transport arrangements for the sample to the Microbiology Department at GRH
  • There is no service available on Sundays

When to test

  • The initial pre-dose assay sample should be collected just before the dose given on the 5th day. If this falls on a Sunday, the sample can be taken as planned and should be sent to Pathology Specimen Reception on the Sunday for dispatch for testing on the next working day
  • If a patient is on a prolonged course of teicoplanin (>2 weeks) and the initial levels are satisfactory, repeat levels should be monitored weekly
  • Otherwise, the Consultant Microbiologist will advise on repeat sampling, if indicated

Result interpretation

  • Results are reported with a standard interpretative comment that gives the recommended target (normal) levels
  • If there is any doubt regarding interpretation, contact the Consultant Microbiologist


Normal levels:


Respiratory, Cellulitis,

Neutropenic Sepsis and

Unknown Source Infections

Bone and Joint Infections Infective Endocarditis
Levels (trough - prior to dose)
When Day 5 Day 5 Day 5
Target Range 15-60mg/L 20-60mg/L 30-60mg/L
Repeat Weekly unless advised otherwise Weekly unless advised otherwise Weekly unless advised otherwise


Sample Requirements

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube


Samples must NOT be taken via lines

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Required information

Relevant clinical details

Turnaround time

Sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Results usually available within 36 hours

Results will be entered onto the laboratory computer system and reported as soon as practicable – these will be available electronically using "Pathology Enquiry"

Page last reviewed: 07/03/2014