In the United States today, tetanus is a rare disease. However, when it occurs, it can be a highly challenging situation for all members of the healthcare team. The majority of care during the course of the disease is supportive. The availability of personnel trained in managing cardiorespiratory emergencies and sustained mechanical ventilation in the ICU environment can have a beneficial effect on patients' outcomes. An awareness of the potential complications of tetanus can hasten recovery and maintain the patient's preexisting quality of life.

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