Research Article

Prevention of tetanus in the wounded.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5981.453 (Published 23 August 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:453
  1. J W Smith,
  2. D R Laurence,
  3. D G Evans

    Abstract

    Recommendations for the prevention of tetanus in the wounded have been revised to incorporate the use of human tetanus immunoglobulin, which is now available in the United Kingdom. Surgical toilet is of prime importance for all wounds, and is usually sufficient for tetanus prophylaxis in patients with wounds that are less than six hours old, clean, non-penetrating, and with negligible tissue damage. Human tetanus immunoglobulin should be given to patients with more serious wounds sho have had toxoid injections over 10 years earlier, had an incomplete course, or do not know their immunity status. The importance of active immunization is emphasized. The recommendations should be regarded as guidelines as the circumstances in individual cases will differ.