Pathogens
Clostridium tetani

Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Routine Practices

Susceptibilities

General Information

Anaerobic gram positive spore-forming bacilli.

Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals with deep wound.

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 is highest risk. May require aggressive debridement.