Amox Rocks! Understanding Penicillin Allergy in the Pediatric Patient

1.0 NAPNAP Pharmacology Contact Hour. This continuing education activity is offered at a reduced rate to NAPNAP Members. This continuing education activity rate is $10 for NAPNAP Members. For non- members, this continuing education activity rate is $20. Penicillin allergy, the most commonly reported allergy in a pediatric patient, is associated with increases in cost of care, hospitalization and morbidity, as well as contributing to antibiotic resistance. However, 95% of patients labeled with a penicillin allergy do not have a true allergy. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has identified improper use of antibiotics to be an important factor that must be addressed for both patient safety and public health. This presentation will identify high-risk symptoms of allergy, differentiate between adverse reactions, IgE-mediated allergic reaction and delayed T-cell reactions, as well as discuss appropriate testing for penicillin allergy. Additionally, the presenter will address alternative antibiotics that can be used until a formal allergy evaluation can be completed. 

This continuing education activity is administered by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) as an Agency providing continuing education credit. Individuals who complete this program will be awarded 1.0 NAPNAP contact hour, of which 1 is pharmacology content.

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Target Audience

Pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses

Learning Objectives

• Explain the significance of penicillin allergy in the pediatric patient.
• Identify the different types of adverse drug reactions.
• Discuss the chemical structure of beta-lactam antibiotics and how that contributes to the cross-reactivity.
• Define the treatment of adverse drug reactions.

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Trisha Wendling, DNP, APRN, CNP
Dr. Trisha Wendling is an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner with 25 years experience in primary care.

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  • 1.00 Contact hours


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