Use of ketamine in uncontrolled acute and procedural pain
Gillian Chumbley Consultant nurse, Pain service, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
This article explores the role of ketamine in pain management. Ketamine is an analgesic used to treat uncontrolled acute and procedural pain. It has protective properties and can prevent patients from developing persistent pain. In sub-anaesthetic analgesic doses, ketamine is a safe drug and produces minimal side effects.
Nursing Standard. 25, 15,35-37. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.12.25.15.35.c8206
Published in print: 15 December 2010Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review