Overview and Purpose:
Ten percent of the population reports a penicillin allergy, but less than one percent of the whole population is truly allergic. When a patient reports a penicillin allergy, broad spectrum antibiotics are often the chosen alternative. Use of these alternative antibiotics is associated with increased antibiotic resistance risk, suboptimal therapy and higher healthcare costs. Our April Hot Topic webinar will focus on how to assess for true penicillin allergy and how a PCN testing protocol supports your antibiotic stewardship practices.
Healthcare professionals in all facility settings.
Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:
- Identify criteria for identifying penicillin allergy.
- Identify alternatives to penicillin antibiotics
- Identify penicillin testing options
Katie Burenheide Foster, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FCCM
Katie Burenheide Foster received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Creighton. After graduation, Dr. Foster pursued residency program at the University of Kansas Medical Center specializing in hospital pharmacy and received a Masters of Hospital Pharmacy. Dr. Foster has worked at Stormont Vail Health for almost 20 years as the Pharmacy Clinical Manager, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, Antibiotic Stewardship Committee Co-Chairman and helped developed the Opioid Stewardship Committee. Dr. Foster oversees all pharmacy clinical functions at the hospital and outpatient settings. Dr. Foster also works with state and pharmacy organizations to help implement and establish antibiotic stewardship programs.