Anaerobic spore forming gram positive bacilli, box-car shaped
Environmental (soil, water) organism as well as human/animal digestive tract.
Associated with penetrating wounds with environmental exposure
Gas gangrene/Clostridial myonecrosis, necrotizing skin and soft tissue infection, septic abortion, intra-abdominal abscess, fatal bacteremia with massive exotoxin-mediated hemolysis
Contact precautions while draining wound present
Surgical debridement of devitalized tissue crucial