Letters to the Editor
Marine animal injuries
- Michael Corkeron, Geoffrey Isbister
- Aust Prescr 2008;31:32
- 1 April 2008
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2008.018
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Editor, – I would like to thank Dr Isbister for his excellent review of marine animal injuries (Aust Prescr 2007;30:117-21). One issue not raised is the importance of ensuring adequate tetanus prophylaxis in patients with stingray or venomous fish injuries, as tetanus secondary to the wound is a reported cause of death in stingray injury.1 Tetanus immunisation status needs to be determined in patients with these penetrating wounds, and prophylaxis used as required.
Senior Staff Specialist
Intensive Care Unit
The Townsville Hospital
Dr Geoffrey Isbister, author of the article, comments:
I agree that all patients with penetrating marine injuries should have a review of their tetanus prophylaxis, particularly in the interests of keeping tetanus prophylaxis up to date in any patient with a penetrating wound.
Senior Staff Specialist, Intensive Care Unit The Townsville Hospital Douglas, Qld
Senior Research Fellow, Tropical Toxinology Unit, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory
Clinical Toxicologist and Emergency Physician, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, New South Wales
Clinical Toxicologist, New South Wales and Queensland Poison Information Centres