Learning Lounge:
Penicillin Allergy Skin Testing as a Stewardship Initiative (Not Official IDWeek Programming - Supported by ALK - See Affiliated Event Guide)
Saturday, October 10, 2015: 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Room: IDExpo Hall, Learning Lounge 2 (Booth 133)

Learning Objectives:


Eric Macy, MD

Kaiser Permanente

Department of Allergy


Learning Lounge Summary:

A penicillin ‘‘allergy’’ history, although often inaccurate, is not a benign finding at hospital admission. Subjects with a penicillin ‘‘allergy’’ history spend significantly more time in the hospital. Subjects with a penicillin ‘‘allergy’’ history are exposed to significantly more antibiotics previously associated with C. difficile and VRE. Drug ‘‘allergies’’ in general, but most those notably to penicillin, are associated with increased hospital use and increased C. difficile, MRSA, and VRE prevalence.


RSVP:  Kristina.smith@alk.net

Target Audience: Infectious diseases physicians

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