City hospital sees spike in tetanus patients
HCM CITY More than 100 patients from southern provinces diagnosed with tetanus have been treated at the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases since the beginning of the year, an increase of 50 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Of the total, 25 patients on Thursday were admitted to the hospitals intensive care unit (ICU) for adults and put on a ventilator.
Dr Döông Bích Thuûy, the ICUs deputy head, said that many people were unaware of the importance of having a tetanus vaccine after a puncture wound, especially after stepping on a rusty nail.
Many patients with such wounds do not come to medical facilities for treatment, Thuûy said.
If patients with tetanus are not treated in time, the disease can cause breathing difficulties and can even lead to cardiac arrest or death, she said. VNS