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Abbo LM, Beekmann SE, Hooton TM, Johannsson B, Polgreen PM, Infectious Diseases Society of America Emerging Infections Network. Management of Antimicrobial Allergies by Infectious Diseases Physicians. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(14):1376–1378. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6480
Misconceptions about true antimicrobial allergy may result in less effective, more expensive therapy and adverse outcomes.1,2 Correctly identifying allergies could significantly reduce the immediate and direct risks of drug-related adverse events.3 For example, 9 of 10 patients who reported an allergy to penicillin were, in fact, not, when evaluated by skin testing (ST).4 To appropriately use first-line agents, it is important to determine if the patient truly has an antimicrobial allergy. Such efforts could contribute to better antimicrobial stewardship.
To better understand physicians’ perceptions and knowledge about allergy, a 10-item survey was e-mailed to Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Emerging Infections Network (EIN) members, a sentinel network of infectious diseases (ID) physicians across North America. Data were analyzed using SAS version 9.3 statistical software (SAS Institute Inc).
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