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Renal Directorate Guidelines

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh - NHS Lothian


Dosage and administration

  • 2g post haemodialysis if next HD session is in two days time.
  • 3g post haemodialysis if next HD session is in three days time.
    Therapy may last up to 4 weeks.
  • IV infusion over 30 minutes at the end of haemodialysis.



  •  1g vial



  • Physically and chemically stable for 12 hours at 25°C and 24 hours at 2-8°C.
  • From a microbiological point of view the prepared solution should be used immediately.


Reconstitution instructions

  • Each 1g vial should be reconstituted with 4ml water for injection or sodium chloride 0.9%. Further dilute to 50-100ml of sodium chloride 0.9%.

Additional information

  • Cefazolin is an alert antibiotic, an alert antibiotic form will need to be completed and sent to pharmacy along with a pharmacy order form.


Written by: Sadaf Arshad, Renal Pharmacist
Reviewed by: Maggie Davidson, Lead Pharmacist
Date written: June 2017
Review date: June 2019




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