Penicillin Allergy | Perioperative Antibiotic Choices for Surgical Prophylaxis in Penicillin-allergic Pediatric Patients

Penicillin Allergy research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The proposed research project will retrospectively review the anesthetic records over the past 5 years and identify patients who present with a history of penicillin allergy or allergy to an antibiotic in the penicillin family. The reason for that history and the facts on which that allergy are noted will be determined. Additionally, the choice of antibiotic prophylaxis will be recorded and any adverse effect to that antibiotic noted. We will also note whether appropriate timing of the antibiotic is achieved.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients that are labeled as penicillin or penicillin family allergic. Exclusion Criteria: - As neurosurgical patients routinely receive vancomycin at NCH for surgical prophylaxis, they will be excluded from the study.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Penicillin Allergy

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.


Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Penicillin allergy

Study Status


Start Date: January 2013

Completed Date: November 2014


Type: Observational


Primary Outcome: Number of Subjects With Antibiotic Related Adverse Event

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator:

Lead Sponsor: Joseph D. Tobias


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