Ketamine for Conscious Sedation in Pediatric Emergency Care

Rakhee B. Mistry; Milap C. Nahata, PharmD


Pharmacotherapy. 2005;25(8):1104-1111. 

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Ketamine appears to be an effective agent for conscious sedation in the pediatric emergency department, with minimal adverse effects and sequelae compared with traditional agents. Physician and parent satisfaction with ketamine was high in the literature reviewed. Ketamine should be administered by physicians who are adequately trained in its use and in airway management and resuscitation. In addition, sufficient support personnel are required for the management of patients in the pediatric emergency department.


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