US antibiotic stewardship and penicillin allergy
AbstractPurpose of review
The purpose of this review is to improve otolaryngologists’ antibiotic stewardship by detailing current approaches to penicillin allergy.Recent findings
Although up to 15% of hospitalized patients in the United States have a penicillin allergy recorded on their charts, fewer than 10% of these have a true penicillin allergy.Summary
Using a combination of a detailed allergy history, skin testing and graded-dose administration, many patients whose charts say ‘penicillin-allergic’ can safely be treated with penicillin and cross-reacting antibiotics. This permits use of narrower-spectrum antibiotics and saves money.