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Articles that may change your practice: Low-dose ketamine for acute pain

from Air Medical Journal

The management of acute pain in the transport setting and the emergency department (ED) is an important issue that is sometimes overlooked. The analgesic ladder in managing acute pain, ranging from acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents to opioids and regional blockade of pain transmission, is the mainstay of treatment. There is always a concern in balancing effective pain management and the risk of side effects, including hypotension, respiratory depression, and hypoxemia. This is particularly true with repeated analgesic doses or in patients with comorbid conditions that put them at increased risk of these side effects. more

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