Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.
On This Episode:
Caring for surgical patients who have an associated penicillin allergy is relatively common. Should we avoid cefazolin (Ancef) in these patients?
In this episode, Jeremy and Sass look at current and past evidence to uncover the truth about the relationship between penicillin and Ancef. This episode will get you thinking about the antibiotics you administer in your anesthesia practice.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:
- An estimated 8-10% of patients have an allergy to penicillin and where did this projection come from?
- Why many people might think they have a penicillin allergy but test negative.
- Why are we concerned that medications might cause allergies?
- What the information and studies tell us.
- Three cases where a patient had a documented penicillin allergy and received Ancef.
- The efficacy of the other antibiotics.
- What a liability study discovered.
- Our key takeaways from the evidence we have.
Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.
And we’re always very concerned, in terms of a penicillin allergy, specifically, is the most common drug allergy in the United States. And it affects approximately 10% of the population. However, 80 to 90% of patients who self-report, having a penicillin allergy, actually test negative for a penicillin allergy after skin testing.