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Ketamine safe for acutely suicidal patients in the emergency department setting

from Psychiatry Advisor

A single infusion of ketamine is a safe and feasible treatment option for suicidal patients presenting to the emergency department, according to study results published in Depression and Anxiety. Enrollees who presented at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's emergency department were included if they met the criteria for major depression, bipolar depression, or depression not otherwise specified (NOS), according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, or dysthymia as confirmed by the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview. Clinically significant and active suicidal ideation was assessed using the Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation and Columbia Scale for Suicide Severity Rating. more

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