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Clinical Nurse Specialist:
doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000025
DEPARTMENTS: Pharmacology Consult

Ketamine-a Returning Option for Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in Adults

O’MALLEY, PATRICIA ANNE PhD, RN, CNS

Section Editor(s): O’malley, Patricia Anne PhD, RN, CNS - Column Editor

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Abstract

I am a clinical nurse specialist in a busy trauma center. Increasingly, we are using ketamine for procedures and pain management in adults. I thought ketamine was appropriate only for pediatric patients. Why has ketamine emerged again for adults? Also, we have seen a few cases of ketamine abuse over the past 3 months. Is ketamine abuse becoming more prevalent?

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