Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Standard Precautions

General Information

Anaerobic gram positive spore-forming bacilli

Unvaccinated (incompletely vaccinated) individuals with wound (portal of entry) - Note there is no herd immunity as the organism is found in soil/earth and not transmitted person-to-person

Tetanus: generalized, localized, cephalic, neonatal

Deep wound with necrotic tissue highest risk.

See Tetanus Recommendations in SSTI pathway regarding immunoglobulin/Td vaccination.