Tetanus: advice for health professionals

Guidance on the management of suspected tetanus cases and on the assessment and management of tetanus-prone wounds.

Applies to England



This document provides recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of tetanus, including:

  • the use of immunoglobulins for the treatment of clinical tetanus
  • the management of tetanus prone wounds
  • laboratory testing
  • guidance for classifying tetanus-prone injuries
Published 16 March 2013
Last updated 18 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.

  2. Added updated guidance - see page 5 for revision summary.

  3. Published revised 'tetanus: guidance for healthcare professionals'.

  4. First published.