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Table 2 Characteristics of tetanus and specific management

From: Admission of tetanus patients to the ICU: a retrospective multicentre study

Parameters Median [IQ] or number (%)
Status of protection
 No vaccination 26 (37%)
 Vaccination > 10 years 18 (26%)
 No information 26 (37%)
Wound 67 (96%)
 Gardening wound 31 (44%)
Incubation time 10 [8–14]
Time from symptoms to admission 2 [1–3]
Ablett classification
 Mild 2 (3%)
 Moderate 5 (7%)
 Severe 29 (41%)
 Very severe 34 (49%)
Trismus 70 (100%)
Localised spasm 34 (49%)
Dysphagia 46 (66%)
Generalised tetanus 39 (56%)
Autonomic dysfunction 40 (57%)
 Blood pressure instability 29 (41%)
 Heart rate instability 17 (24%)
 Ventricular arrhythmia 4 (6%)