Use of the tetanus quick stick (TQS) test in the emergency services.

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Summary of "Use of the tetanus quick stick (TQS) test in the emergency services."

Standard procedure when treating tetanigenic risk wounds in an emergency room setting, usually includes administering a dose of gamma-globulin or/and a tetanus vaccine. The rapid detection test (Tetanus Quick Stick [TQS]) can better the current procedure of detecting people who are not immunized. Our objective was to review and analyse the validity of the TQS test, and determine the cost-benefit with the data available. We searched the following data bases for information: WoS, PubMed, EMBASE & SCOPUS. After reviewing articles and applying inclusion/exclusion criteria, we included 20 articles mostly European and written by Emergency room services. Sensitivity ranged from 55%-100%, specificity from 66.6%-100%,
42.9%-100%. Most of the tests supported the cost-benefit analysis of the TQS test. We determined that in emergency room situations, it would be beneficial to use the TQS test, and an example of good clinical practice.


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Name: Medicina clinica
ISSN: 1578-8989


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Services specifically designed, staffed, and equipped for the emergency care of patients.

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