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Ketamine Use for Prolonged Field Care Reduces Supply Use

Fall 2020

Hall AB, Morrow L, Dixon M. 20(3). 120 - 121. (Journal Article)


This case describes the prolonged treatment of a 38-year-old man with a transpelvic gunshot wound requiring a diverting ostomy and cystostomy for damage control procedures with a comminuted acetabular and femoral head fracture. The team used a ketamine drip for prolonged field care over 48 hours. The benefit of using a ketamine drip included low supply requirement, excellent analgesia, and ease of administration, but side-effects included somnolence and atelectasis necessitating oxygen supplementation before evacuation.

Keywords: prolonged field care; trauma; ketamine; analgesia

PMID: 32969016

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