In yesterday’s post on the MSM, I touched on the use of Ketamine. The first I heard of it was about 20 years ago when Ketamine made the news as a date rape drug. A couple of years later, we started using it in our EMS system.
I found that Ketamine is a useful drug for conscious sedation (for short painful procedures, like pacing or extrication) where pain needs to be controlled but the patient remains conscious, with the airway intact. It’s also very useful for intubations where you don’t need to make the patient unconscious.
Ketamine doesn’t have much of an effect on blood pressure, heart rate, or respiratory drive.
Seriously, Ketamine is one of my go to drugs for a wide range of patients.