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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293958/successful-salvage-treatment-of-native-valve-enterococcus-faecalis-infective-endocarditis-with-telavancin-two-case-reports
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Mickala M Thompson, Ali Hassoun
Infective endocarditis (IE) one-year mortality rates approach 40%. Here, we report two native valve Enterococcus faecalis IE cases in patients successfully treated with telavancin. An 88-year-old with mitral valve endocarditis and a penicillin allergy, initially treated with intravenous vancomycin, was switched to telavancin. A 69-year-old, who previously received amoxicillin and intravenous vancomycin for presumed enterococcal bacteraemia, was diagnosed with dual valve endocarditis for which he received telavancin...
March 15, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287001/transplacental-passage-of-vancomycin
#2
Craig V Towers, Beth Weitz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a larger number of patients receiving a vancomycin dosing regimen of 20 mg/kg IV every 8 hours for Group B streptococcus (GBS) chemoprophylaxis and analyze maternal and neonatal cord blood levels at delivery. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled every mother that entered labor with a positive GBS culture and a high-risk penicillin allergy with resistance to clindamycin or unknown sensitivity. Maternal and cord blood vancomycin levels were obtained at delivery...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283158/penicillin-allergy-testing-should-be-performed-routinely-in-patients-with-self-reported-penicillin-allergy
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282521/surgical-site-infections-in-patients-receiving-osteomyocutaneous-free-flaps-to-the-head-and-neck-does-choice-of-antibiotic-prophylaxis-matter
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James Murphy, Amal Isaiah, Donita Dyalram, Joshua E Lubek
PURPOSE: The most appropriate prophylactic antibiotic for clean-and-contaminated head and neck osteomyocutaneous free flap (OFF) tissue transfer procedures is unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the choice of perioperative antibiotic was related to recipient surgical site infection (SSI) in patients receiving an OFF to the head and neck. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study evaluated SSI in relation to the perioperative antibiotic received from July 2010 through October 2013 at a tertiary care medical center...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279979/penicillin-allergy-getting-the-label-right
#5
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Penicillin(i) allergy is a potentially serious adverse reaction that impacts on antibacterial treatment options. Although it is commonly reported and recorded in medical records, only a minority of patients with a label of penicillin allergy actually have the condition confirmed. The term 'allergy' may be incorrectly applied to adverse reactions that do not have an immunological basis and inappropriate labelling of penicillin allergy can lead to the unnecessary avoidance of penicillins and other beta-lactam antibacterials...
March 2017: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274586/parent-reported-penicillin-allergy-symptoms-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
#6
David Vyles, Asriani Chiu, Pippa Simpson, Mark Nimmer, Juan Adams, David C Brousseau
OBJECTIVE: Children often present to the pediatric emergency department (ED) with a reported penicillin allergy. The true incidence of pediatric penicillin allergy is low, and patients may be inappropriately denied first-line antibiotics. We hypothesized that more than 70% of reported penicillin allergies in the pediatric ED are low risk for true allergy. METHODS: Parents of children presenting to the pediatric ED with parent-reported penicillin allergy completed an allergy questionnaire...
March 5, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254470/tackling-inpatient-penicillin-allergies-tools-for-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Kimberly G Blumenthal, Paige G Wickner, Shelley Hurwitz, Nicholas Pricco, Alexandra E Nee, Karl Laskowski, Erica S Shenoy, Rochelle P Walensky
BACKGROUND: Reported penicillin allergy rarely reflects penicillin intolerance. Failure to address inpatient penicillin allergies results in more broad-spectrum antibiotic use, treatment failures, and adverse drug events. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the optimal approach to penicillin allergies among medical inpatients. METHODS: We evaluated internal medicine inpatients reporting penicillin allergy in three periods: (1) standard of care (SOC), (2) penicillin skin testing (ST), and (3) computerized guideline application with decision support (APP)...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236873/perianesthetic-refractory-anaphylactic-shock-with-cefuroxime-in-a-patient-with-history-of-penicillin-allergy-on-multiple-antihypertensive-medications
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Deb Sanjay Nag, Devi Prasad Samaddar, Shashi Kant, Pratap Rudra Mahanty
We report a case of perianesthetic refractory anaphylactic shock with cefuroxime in a patient with history of penicillin allergy on regular therapy with atenolol, losartan, prazosin and nicardipine. Severe anaphylactic shock was only transiently responsive to 10mL of (1:10,000) epinephrine and needed norepinephrine and dopamine infusion. Supportive therapy with vasopressors and inotropes along with mechanical ventilation for the next 24hours resulted in complete recovery. She was successfully operated upon 2 weeks later with the same anesthetic drugs but intravenous ciprofloxacin as the alternative antibiotic for perioperative prophylaxis...
March 2017: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236547/screening-for-beta-lactam-allergy-in-joint-arthroplasty-patients-to-improve-surgical-prophylaxis-practice
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Deanna L McDanel, Antoine E Azar, Amy M Dowden, Samantha Murray-Bainer, Nicolas O Noiseux, Melissa Willenborg, Charles R Clark, John J Callaghan, Ambar Haleem
BACKGROUND: The reliability of patient-reported penicillin allergies has been disputed. A Drug Allergy Clinic (DAC) was established at our institution in combination with an electronic best practice alert (BPA) in the Orthopedic Clinic. Joint arthroplasty patients with a reported history of beta-lactam allergy (HOBA) were preoperatively referred via the BPA to the DAC. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of beta-lactam allergy screening in enabling the surgical team to optimize antimicrobial prophylaxis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179249/penicillin-skin-testing-as-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-initiative
#10
Bruce M Jones, Christopher M Bland
PURPOSE: An initiative to determine the effects of penicillin skin testing (PST) from an antimicrobial stewardship perspective is described. SUMMARY: Penicillin allergy is one of the most frequently reported allergies; however, only about 10% of self-reports of penicillin allergy are accurate. Incorrect penicillin allergies are therefore a significant barrier to antimicrobial stewardship, with important clinical and economic implications, including increased antimicrobial resistance, an increased overall cost of care, increased length of stay, and, ultimately, increased mortality...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174914/penicillin-allergy-testing-a-key-component-of-antibiotic-stewardship
#11
Eric Macy, David A Khan, Mariana C Castells, David M Lang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152605/feasibility-benefits-and-limitations-of-a-penicillin-allergy-skin-testing-service
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Prasanna P Narayanan, Meghan N Jeffres
OBJECTIVE: To critically examine the feasibility, benefits, and limitations of an inpatient penicillin skin testing service and how pharmacists can be utilized. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was performed from July 2016 through September 2016 using the following search terms: penicillin skin testing, penicillin allergy, β-lactam allergy. Additional references were identified from a review of literature citations. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: All English-language studies assessing the use of penicillin skin testing as well as management and clinical outcomes of patients with a β-lactam allergy were evaluated...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137938/repurposing-an-old-drug-aztreonam-as-a-new-treatment-strategy-for-gonorrhoea
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Benjamin Davido, Aurelien Dinh, Olivia Senard, Ruxandra Calin, Sabrina Makhloufi, Jerome Salomon
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether aztreonam is still an effective drug for the treatment of gonorrhoea. METHODS: Observational study of patients with gonorrhoea diagnosed by urine multiplex PCR, with a past medical history of allergy to β-lactams or relapse after treatment with a third-generation cephalosporin. Patients received a single 1 g dose of aztreonam in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. RESULTS: Five patients (four males, one female) were enrolled, comprising two who were allergic to β-lactams and three previously treated with cephalosporins who relapsed...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112529/frequency-and-risk-factors-of-penicillin-and-amoxicillin-allergy-in-suspected-patients-with-drug-allergy
#14
Mohammad Reza Fazlollahi, Katayoon Bidad, Raheleh Shokouhi, Raheleh Dashti, Mohammad Nabavi, Masoud Movahedi, Mohammad Hasan Bemanian, Ali Reza Shafiei, Najmoddin Kalantari, Effat Sadat Farboud, Zahra Pourpak, Mostafa Moin
BACKGROUND: Unconfirmed beta-lactam allergy is a significant public health problem because of the limitations it imposes in drug selection. In this study, we aimed to evaluate patients referred for beta-lactam allergy to determine the frequency of confirmed beta-lactam allergy and identify some risk factors. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, all referred patients to Immunology, Asthma and Allergy Research Institute in Tehran University of Medical Sciences (between 2007 - 2009) who suspected to have beta-lactam allergy were entered into this study based on having the inclusion criteria...
January 2017: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055069/clarifying-a-penicillin-allergy-a-teachable-moment
#15
Alon Vaisman, Janine McCready, Jeff Powis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035690/%C3%AE-lactam-therapy-for-methicillin-susceptible-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-a-comparative-review-of-cefazolin-versus-antistaphylococcal-penicillins
#16
REVIEW
Julius Li, Kelly L Echevarria, Kristi A Traugott
Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteremia is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Traditionally, antistaphylococcal penicillins (ASPs) have been considered the agents of choice for the treatment of MSSA bacteremia. Vancomycin has been demonstrated to have poorer outcomes in several studies and is only recommended for patients with severe penicillin allergies. Although cefazolin is considered as an alternative to the ASPs for patients with nonsevere penicillin allergies, cefazolin offers several pharmacologic advantages over ASPs, such as more convenient dosing regimens, and antimicrobial stewardship programs are increasingly using cefazolin as the preferential agent for MSSA infections as part of cost-saving initiatives...
March 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005295/antibiotics-in-endodontics-a-review
#17
REVIEW
J J Segura-Egea, K Gould, B Hakan Şen, P Jonasson, E Cotti, A Mazzoni, H Sunay, L Tjäderhane, P M H Dummer
The overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains is a global concern. This concern is also of importance in terms of the oral microbiota and the use of antibiotics to deal with oral and dental infections. The aim of this paper is to review the current literature on the indications and use of antibiotics and to make recommendations for their prescription in endodontic patients. Odontogenic infections, including endodontic infections, are polymicrobial, and in most cases, the prescription of antibiotics is empirical...
December 22, 2016: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002709/shortened-antimicrobial-treatment-for-acute-otitis-media-in-young-children
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Alejandro Hoberman, Jack L Paradise, Howard E Rockette, Diana H Kearney, Sonika Bhatnagar, Timothy R Shope, Judith M Martin, Marcia Kurs-Lasky, Susan J Copelli, D Kathleen Colborn, Stan L Block, John J Labella, Thomas G Lynch, Norman L Cohen, MaryAnn Haralam, Marcia A Pope, Jennifer P Nagg, Michael D Green, Nader Shaikh
Background Limiting the duration of antimicrobial treatment constitutes a potential strategy to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance among children with acute otitis media. Methods We assigned 520 children, 6 to 23 months of age, with acute otitis media to receive amoxicillin-clavulanate either for a standard duration of 10 days or for a reduced duration of 5 days followed by placebo for 5 days. We measured rates of clinical response (in a systematic fashion, on the basis of signs and symptomatic response), recurrence, and nasopharyngeal colonization, and we analyzed episode outcomes using a noninferiority approach...
December 22, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956906/prevalence-of-beta-lactam-allergy-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-drug-allergy-assessment-in-a-predominantly-pediatric-population
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Elissa M Abrams, Andrew Wakeman, Tom V Gerstner, Richard J Warrington, Alexander G Singer
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that 90% of patients labeled beta-lactam allergic are able to tolerate penicillins following further assessment. This study aims to define and describe the frequency of true beta-lactam allergy following allergy patient evaluation in a predominantly pediatric population. METHODS: 306 primary care patients referred between January 2010 and June 2015 were assessed for a suspected beta-lactam allergy. Patient demographics, history and test results were extracted from electronic medical records...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956203/syphilis-during-pregnancy-a-preventable-threat-to-maternal-fetal-health
#20
REVIEW
Martha W F Rac, Paula A Revell, Catherine S Eppes
Syphilis remains the most common congenital infection worldwide and has tremendous consequences for the mother and her developing fetus if left untreated. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases in the United States. Thus, recognition and appropriate treatment of reproductive-age women must be a priority. Testing should be performed at initiation of prenatal care and twice during the third trimester in high-risk patients. There are 2 diagnostic algorithms available and physicians should be aware of which algorithm is utilized by their testing laboratory...
December 9, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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