Outpatient Surgery Magazine

OR Excellence Awards - September 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

Issue link: http://magazine.outpatientsurgery.net/i/1025099

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 24 of 126

Works fast. Ketamine is short-acting. Its onset time is less than 30 seconds, it lasts 40 minutes and has a half-life of 10 to 15 min- utes. That means patients can be discharged quickly, as long as they are pain free. An old drug learns new tricks Ketamine's anesthetic mechanism of action and its analgesic proper- ties might deserve a second look. All I can tell you is that ketamine does well in all my patients. I only hesitate to use the drug when a patient has an allergy to it, obviously, or when the patient's cardiovas- cular history precludes its use. Ketamine's application in the OR is on the rise. More and more providers are relying on it instead of opioids. Now you know 8 good reasons why. OSM Dr. Kalava (arun@araliyainc.com) is an anesthesiologist and medical director at Belleair Surgery Center, HCA West Florida in Clearwater, Fla., and the director of Ultrasound Experts in Tampa, Fla. 8 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 5

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Outpatient Surgery Magazine - OR Excellence Awards - September 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine