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Ketamine For The Critically Ill Patient

Course Overview

Ketamine is one of the hottest, most widely discussed medications to find its way into a paramedics drug bag in a long time, but how well do you really understand this remarkable drug?

This class will provide you with a deeper understanding of this drug so you can make better decisions about when and how to use it to take better care of your patients.

Goal:

Develop an in depth understanding of the pharmacodynamics of Ketamine.

Objectives:

  • Describe how Ketamine works in the body

  • Describe the basic concept of a Medication Dose Response Curve

  • Describe the Ketamine Dose Response Curve

  • Describe the 3 primary dose ranges for Ketamine

  • State the optimal dosing and delivery method for Analgesic Dose Ketamine

  • State the optimal dosing for dissociative dose Ketamine

  • Explain the risks associated with using suboptimal dosing

  • Describe the most common side effects associated with Ketamine and how to manage them.

  • Explore a novel approach to managing the difficult traumatic airway using Ketamine

1 hour of CE’s Awarded