Learning Lounge:
The Benefit of Penicillin Skin Testing as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative: The Gift that Keeps on Giving (Not Official IDWeek Programming - This activity is supporting ALK - See Affiliated Events Guide)
Saturday, October 29, 2016: 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Room: IDExpo Hall H, Learning Lounge 2 ( Booth 1321)

Learning Objectives:

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Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

Savannah, GA


Learning Lounge Summary:

Nearly 10% of patients self-report a penicillin allergy, the majority of which are inaccurate. Penicillin skin testing of patients with a self-reported allergy reduces use of carbapenems, aztreonam, vancomycin, and other broad-spectrum agents, enhancing antimicrobial stewardship. This results in cost savings, reduced adverse effects, and possibly less long-term resistance.

Target Audience: Infectious diseases physicians

11:15 AM
Introduction to benefits of Penicillin Skin Testing for Antimicrobial Stewardship
11:20 AM
Data regarding benefits of Penicillin Skin Testing and Practical Pearls for Application
11:45 AM
Q & A

CME Credits: Maximum of 0.75 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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