Analysis of Mortality and Assessment of the Efficacy of Early Protection of Upper Respiratory Tract in Severe Tetanus

I.P. Shlapak, G.V. Bevz, N.V. Tytarenko

Abstract


We have analyzed treatment outcomes of 157 patients with severe tetanus. The main direct cause of death of these patients is acute respiratory failure, caused by acute obstruction of the upper respiratory tract, and in the later stages of the disease — by nosocomial pneumonia. We demonstrated the importance of providing upper airway protection and mechanical ventilation using muscle relaxants in the first 24 hours of treatment.


Keywords


tetanus; efficiency; upper respiratory tract protection; mortality

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22141/2224-0586.7.54.2013.88594

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