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Old 04-22-2012, 04:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, my 7 year old son is having surgery on Tuesday (to correct a hernia). It's just occurred to me that this is a risk factor for tetanus. Could there be tetanus germs in theatre or inside my son's body that could get into his blood? 

Would like to know what you think, thanks.

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Only if you live in a country with no standards of operating theatre cleanliness or if he rubs dirt in his wound before it's healed.

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Thanks, I often worry about tetanus. I suppose it's because the children are often getting scratches and splinters. Just occurred to me that this is a deep wound that will be deprived of oxygen - we are in the UK, so I'm sure standards will be high in theatre. I told them he was up to date with his vax schedule to keep them happy, actually he is partially vaccinated. Afterwards I wondered whether tetanus was the reason they asked in the first place about his vaccinations. Surgery tomorrow so hopefully all will be well.

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