City hos­pi­tal sees spike in te­tanus pa­tients

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

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 hos­pi­tal’s in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) for adults and put on a ven­ti­la­tor.

Dr Döông Bích Thuûy, the ICU’s 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

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