tetanus prophylaxis

Last edited 11/2019 and last reviewed 05/2022

Tetanus prophylaxis is required following suspected tetanus exposure, when the patient is also thought to be susceptible to tetanus infection.

If the immune status of a patient is not known, the patient should be assumed to be non-immune.

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NOTE: The single most important step in preventing tetanus infection is good wound cleaning with debridement of dead tissue.