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Ketamine used by EMS?

rph3664

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One of the recent murder-by-police cases was, according to NBC News, given ketamine. I certainly never saw it in ambulance bags back when I was practicing, and can't imagine it being used in the field.

So, does anyone see it used by your local ambulance service?
 

KidPharmD

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Yep. It is on many of our local ambulance services protocols including the local CCTs. Usually it is indicated for pain during prolonged extraction or only occasionally as a chemical restraint. The thing that is being discussed around here is all of the criteria that have to be met for chemical restraints to be used before transporting a patient. I can't imagine they were met in that case.
 
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