Research Article

Value of determination of oxygen consumption in tetanus.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 10 January 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:74
  1. D Femi-Pearse,
  2. A O Afonja,
  3. O O Elegbeleye,
  4. K A Odusote


    Oxygen consumption (VO2) was determined in 10 patients with moderate tetanus. The mean (+/- SE) VO2 of 425-2-2 +/- 50-3 ml/min on admission fell significantly to 249-9 +/- 13-1 ml/min standard temperature and pressure dry (STPD) after parenteral diazepam. There was also a significant fall in minute ventilation after administration of diazepam. The results suggest that the simple practical determination of VO2 will be of immense value in assessing the efficacy of muscle relaxants, assessing the severity of tetanus, and determining the calorie needs of patients.