Improving antibiotic treatment options for patients with a penicillin allergy label
More than two million Australians report an allergy to antibiotics, with 1 in 10 patients in hospitals reporting a penicillin allergy. However, studies have shown that in 85 per cent of cases, these allergy ‘labels’ are inaccurate and can be removed with a thorough allergy history and/or allergy testing.
Not assessing whether a patient is currently allergic to penicillin can lead to inappropriate or less effective antibiotic treatment options, and potentially:
- poor health outcomes
- extended hospital stays and complications
- increased antimicrobial resistance
- higher hospital readmission rates
This initiative aims to improve inpatient access to penicillin allergy assessment and testing (for low-risk penicillin allergies). We are partnering with Victorian hospitals, consumers and clinical experts to open the door for health services to offer more effective treatment options.
First Action Period
Applications are open for the Check Again Breakthrough Series Collaborative
Applications are open for health services to partner with us to spread and scale a penicillin allergy assessment and delabelling program for hospitalised Victorians to ensure they have access to...
6 July 2022
Fight Antimicrobial Resistance - Check Again
November 18 – 24 is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Safer Care Victoria is joining with clinicians and patients to promote the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics.
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Last updated 21 February 2023
We spoke to A/Prof Jason Trubiano, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Austin Health about antimicrobial resistance and what we’re doing to fight it.