Journal Article

Benefits of Negative Penicillin Skin Test Results Persist during Subsequent Hospital Admissions

Eli N. Perencevich, Peter F. Weller, Matthew H. Samore and Anthony D. Harris

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 2, pages 317-319
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/318450
Benefits of Negative Penicillin Skin Test Results Persist during Subsequent Hospital Admissions

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For an initial series of 38 patients with negative skin test results, we reviewed retrospectively all subsequent admissions over a 2-year period. For 38 patients with negative initial skin test results, there were 48 subsequent readmissions to our institution, of which 35 required antibiotics. β-lactams were prescribed for 86% of admissions; a penicillin for 37%, and a cephalosporin for 51%. All infections were cured, and there were no allergic drug reactions during any of the admissions that were reviewed.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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