Learning Lounge:
The Use of Penicillin Skin Testing as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative (Not Official IDWeek Programming - Supported by ALK - See Affiliated Event Guide)
Thursday, October 8, 2015: 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Room: IDExpo Hall, Learning Lounge 1 (Booth 115)

Learning Objectives:


Bruce M. Jones, PharmD, BCPS, FIDSA

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Management Program

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Inc.


Christopher M. Bland, PharmD, BCPS, FIDSA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy


Learning Lounge Summary:

Up to 10% of patients self-report a penicillin allergy, of which the vast majority are inaccurate and not IgE-mediated. Penicillin skin testing provides a rapid means of implementing antimicrobial stewardship in a large number of patients. By providing penicillin skin testing to patients with a self-reported penicillin allergy, there is a potential to reduce the use of carbapenems, aztreonam, vancomycin, and other broad-spectrum agents. This results in cost savings and avoids the risk of increasing antimicrobial resistance from unnecessary overuse both in the short and long-term.


RSVP: Kristina.smith@alk.net

Target Audience: Infectious diseases physicians

11:15 AM
11:45 AM

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