Antibiotic Stewardship

Penicillin Allergy De-Labeling Project

Understanding the prevalence of penicillin allergy among long-term care residents is crucial for antimicrobial stewardship.

One in 10 people living in the U.S. report having an allergy to penicillin. However, research has shown that less than 1% of the population has a true penicillin allergy. Inappropriate penicillin allergy labels are associated with unnecessarily broader-spectrum antibiotic use and poorer health outcomes.

Participate in the Penicillin Allergy De-Labeling Project

Dr. Kap Sum Foong of Tufts Medical Center has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to explore penicillin allergies among long-term care residents and strategies for appropriately de-labeling many of these individuals as penicillin allergic.

This project aims to shed light on this important issue and ultimately improve antibiotic prescribing practices for this vulnerable population.

Reasons to participate:

  1. Contribute to advancing best practices in healthcare: By participating, you will be at the forefront of improving healthcare for long-term care residents.
  2. Obtain data-driven insights: Gain valuable insights into how penicillin allergies are impacting antibiotic prescribing patterns and potential implications for patient care.
  3. Enhance patient safety: Help identify residents who may be unnecessarily prevented from receiving effective antibiotics due to inaccurate antibiotic allergy labels.

If you are interested in participating in this important initiative or have any questions, please contact KapSum.Foong@tuftsmedicine.org.