Treating and preventing tetanus in A&E
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Treating and preventing tetanus in A&E

Paul Newcombe Senor lecturer, A&E care, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London

The incidence of tetanus infection is on the increase and A&E nurses must be able to recognise symptoms and identify high risk groups. PAUL NEWCOMBE describes the management of clinical tetanus and appropriate immunisation

Tetanus is a rare but fatal disease and immunisation against tetanus is a consideration when treating many A&E patients. This article explores the epidemiology, pathophysiology and management of clinical tetanus. It then discusses tetanus immunisation, including administration after injury and highlights those patients particularly at risk.

Emergency Nurse. 12, 6, 23-29. doi: 10.7748/en2004.10.12.6.23.c1168

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