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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 73-74

Practice and knowledge regarding prevention of tetanus among nursing personnel in Delhi


1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
2 Professor, Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
3 MD, Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
4 Professor and Head, Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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R Kumar
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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A cross-sectional study was conducted in Delhi to assess the practices and knowledge regarding tetanus immunization among nursing personnel. Majority of the study subjects had received their last dose of tetanus toxoid injection only after injury and just 4.4% received it to complete the immunization schedule. More than 12% subjects did not know whether they had received any tetanus toxoid injection or not, another 5.5% had their last dose of tetanus toxoid more than ten years back. As many as 20 (22.2%) subjects stated that TT should be given after every injury. Of the remaining 70 subjects only 22.9% correctly knew why TT was not required. Only one third of the subjects knew the indications of anti tetanus serum.


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