Penicillin Allergy Skin Testing
About 10% of the population report they are allergic to penicillin in the United States. It's estimated that less than 1% actually have an allergy to the penicillin class. Penicillin skin testing (PST) allows the practitioner to administer the antibiotic of choice for the patient rather than alternatives that may not be as effective, are more costly, and have a greater chance of increased adverse drug reactions and antibiotic resistance.
ASA will work with your organization to develop and run an effective PST service. We work with ALK-Abello to train your staff to appropriately screen patients to determine which are candidates for testing. Your staff will be trained in the art and science of appropriately skin testing patients.
Once trained your staff will be able to identify and test those patients that may be candidates. If after testing the patient is determined not to be allergic to the penicillin class the patient can be delabeled of the allergy and appropriate antimicrobial therapy initiated.
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NATIONAL PENICILLIN ALLERGY DAY website.