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


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

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000025
DEPARTMENTS: Pharmacology Consult

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?

Author Affiliation: Nurse Researcher, Center for Nursing Excellence, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Patricia Anne O’Malley, PhD, RN, CNS, Miami Valley Hospital, 1 Wyoming St, Dayton, OH45409 (

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