Ketamine vs opioids for acute pain in the emergency department.

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Ketamine vs opioids for acute pain in the emergency department.

Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Mar 30;:

Authors: Duhaime MJ, Wolfson AB

Abstract
Acute pain is one of the most common complaints in the emergency department. With recent efforts to find effective non-opioid analgesics, ketamine has surfaced as a potential option for ED analgesia.1-3 While ketamine is typically used as a sedative agent, several studies have shown that when it is administered in sub-dissociative doses, both as a stand-alone agent and as an adjunct to opioids, it may also provide analgesia.4 Two recently published meta-analyses compared ketamine with opioid analgesics in adult ED patients with acute pain.

PMID: 32227532 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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