TABLE 1.

Main characteristics of patients and description of wounds

ParameterValuea
Characteristics and background of patients
    Sex (% men) (n = 985)692 (70.3)
    Mean age (SD) in yr (n = 968)43.5 (19.0)
    Homelessness (n = 968)23 (2.4)
    Clinical history taking was possible
        (n = 986)952 (96.6)
    Wound contaminated with soil (n = 985)305 (31.0)
    Patients consulting during the weekend or
         overnight (n = 979)84 (8.5)
Tetanus vaccine status as reported by clinical history
    Reliable (in the physician's opinion)
         (n = 982)869 (88.5)
    Written evidence of primary vaccination
         (n = 981)118 (12.0)
    Reported vaccine status (n = 980)
        Complete and certain vaccination588 (60.0)
        Incomplete vaccination97 (9.9)
        Dubious or no vaccination282 (28.8)
        Unknown previous vaccination history13 (1.3)
Prescription for tetanus prophylaxis (n = 969)
    No injection569 (58.7)
    TIGb, tetanus toxoid145 (14.9)
    Tetanus toxoid alone, first injection69 (7.1)
    Tetanus toxoid alone, booster186 (19.2)
  • a Figures are means (SD) or numbers (%), along with total numbers of patients for whom characteristics were available (n).

  • b TIG, tetanus immunoglobulin.