Continuous venovenous hemofiltration (CVVH) is a life-sustaining procedure in patients with severe burns and acute kidney injury. Physiologic changes from burn injury and use of CVVH may alter imipenem pharmacokinetics (PK). We aimed to compare imipenem clearance (CL) in burn patients with and without CVVH, determine the effect of burn on imipenem volume of distribution (CVVH, n = 12; no CVVH, n = 11), in combination with previously published models. Model qualification was performed with standard diagnostics and comparing predicted PK parameters/time-concentration profiles with those in the existing literature. Monte Carlo simulations were conducted to evaluate the probability of target attainment. A 2-compartment model best described the data. Utilizing albumin as a covariate on volume parameters and leveraging the clearance model from prior literature, our model predicted imipenem central volume and CL within a 10% margin of error across healthy, renally impaired, and burn populations. We provide direct comparison of imipenem CL in burn patients with and without CVVH. Notably, there was no significant difference. Large imipenem Vd in patients with severe burns is likely explained by increased capillary permeability, for which serum albumin may be a reasonable surrogate. Dosing 500 mg every 6 hours is adequate for burn patients on renally dosed CVVH; however, suspicion of augmented renal clearance or patients placed on CVVH without renal impairment may necessitate dosing of 1000 mg every 6 hours.
- Monte Carlo simulations