Author: Jonathan Tipping / Editor: Yasmin Sultan, Chris Gray / Reviewer: Jamie Sillett / Code: A5, O3, PP3 / Published: 20/04/2023

The module describes the initial management of tetanus in the emergency department (ED).

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Diagnose a rare condition from given facts
  • Describe the initial management of tetanus in the emergency department
  • Explain how to anticipate and manage life-threatening complications
  • Recognise that it is appropriate to report the disease


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