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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 1 8 Little-Known Facts About Ketamine Anesthetic and analgesic properties that make Special K special. K etamine's reputation as a date rape and party drug might scare your anesthesia providers off from using it. And that's a shame. Besides inducing anesthesia, ketamine also has significant analgesic properties. When administered at low doses before or during surgery, ketamine provides great intra- and post-op pain control — without hallucinations. Plus, it's a non-opioid that reduces morphine consumption and decreases pain scores. And unlike general anesthetics, ketamine won't cause a patient to stop breathing by suppressing the respiratory reflex. Yes, there's a lot to like about ketamine. First, though, you must help your anesthesia providers and surgeons get past ketamine's "Special K" reputation. These talking points might help. Anesthesia Alert Arun Kalava, MD, DABA • CLINICAL UTILITY Ketamine is known as a popular recreational drug, but many studies support the role of sub-anesthetic ketamine as an anesthetic and an analgesic, says Arun Kalava, MD, DABA.

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