What is passive immunisation?

  • Giving preformed antibodies to a recipient.
  • Source may be human, animal

Pass Criteria:

  • Concept

What is passive immunisation useful for?

  • Prevention of disease when time does not allow immunisation
  • Treatment of disease normally prevented by immunisation
  • For patients unable to form antibodies
  • For treatment of conditions for which active immunisation is unavailable or not possible eg snakebite

Pass Criteria:

  • 2 uses

What passive immunisations might we consider in ED?

  • Tetanus
  • Botulism.  measles, rubella, vaccinia, varicella
  • Hep B, Hep A
  • Diphtheria, rabies.
  • Antivenoms – spiders, snakes;
  • Rhesus incompatibility

Pass Criteria:

  • Tetanus
  • PLUS 1 other