Low-dose ketamine in the prehospital setting.

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Date: Feb. 7, 2022
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Letter to the editor
Length: 444 words
Lexile Measure: 2100L

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We read the recent CMAJ article on ketamine for the treatment of acute pain by Silverstein and colleagues with great interest. (1) They note that low-dose ketamine is an effective analgesic in several clinical settings, including anesthesiology, critical care, pain management and emergency medicine. (2)

We wish to bring attention to emerging literature that effective and safe administration of low-dose ketamine can be provided to adult and pediatric patients by paramedics in the prehospital setting. (3) Importantly, a joint position statement supporting the prehospital use of ketamine as an analgesic in acute trauma patients has recently been published by several American organizations, including the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma,...

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