Episode 16: Ketamine - The Swiss Army Knife of Anesthetic Drugs

clinical pharmacology Aug 01, 2020

Episode Summary

In this episode of the APEX Live Anesthesia Podcast, we are going to dive into the world of ketamine. We’ll review the little brother to PCP, and talk about all the situations where it can be useful…it really is the swiss army knife of anesthetic meds!


What You'll Learn

  • What is the pharmacology of ketamine?
  • What is an appropriate dose of ketamine?
  • What is the current evidence with ketamine’s use with increased intracranial pressure?
  • What is delayed sequence induction?
  • How is ketamine used for analgesia?


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Recommended Resources

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  2. Bar-Joseph G, Guilburd Y, Tamir A, Guilburd JN. Effectiveness of ketamine in decreasing intracranial pressure in children with intracranial hypertension. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009;4(1):40-46.

  3. Ghojazadeh M, Sanaie S, Paknezhad SP, Faghih SS, Soleimanpour H. Using Ketamine and Propofol for Procedural Sedation of Adults in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Adv Pharm Bull. 2019;9(1):5-11.

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