Ketamine is an effective drug for battlefield analgesia. Recent evidence suggests that it can be safely and effectively used by Level 6 Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) practitioners. This article presents a review of the evidence, and outlines the future use of ketamine for provision of analgesia and sedation in combat casualties.
- pain management
- trauma management
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Contributors RM wrote the article. CW suggested the original idea, and confirms that the article corresponded with current UK MOD PHEC policy.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Patient consent Not required.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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