National Penicillin Allergy Day!

𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐲?⁣
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𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝟏𝟗𝟐𝟖: Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin through a happy accident! He left his cultures out uncovered and they became contaminated with mold spores. ⁣
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Today is an annual celebration to raise awareness around the impact of carrying a penicillin allergy label. ⁣
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𝘋𝘪𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝟷 𝘪𝘯 𝟷𝟶 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘢 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺?⁣
𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝟎.𝟏% 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲! ⁣
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𝗪𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐬 & w𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭?⁣
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Inaccurate diagnosis of penicillin allergy can adversely impact medical costs for both patients and healthcare systems: research shows that antibiotic costs for patients reporting penicillin allergies are up to 𝟼𝟹% 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯-𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘤.⁣
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Patients labeled penicillin-allergic may have a 𝟹𝘹 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴. ⁣
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In the hospital setting, history of penicillin allergy translates to about 𝟷𝟶% 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴, 𝟹𝟶% 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘝𝘙𝘌 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝟸𝟹% 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘊 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝟷𝟺% 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘙𝘚𝘈 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴.⁣
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Correctly identifying those who are not actually allergic can improve antibiotic prescribing and combat the risk of super-bugs by allowing patients access to safer, less toxic antibiotics.⁣
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𝐀𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐲! ⁣
Do this before you need it. ⁣


𝘏𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘦𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘹? ⁣
Get it scheduled!!⁣
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