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Case report: prehospital use of intranasal ketamine for paediatric burn injury
  1. C Reid1,
  2. R Hatton1,
  3. P Middleton2
  1. 1Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, Ambulance Service of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Ambulance Research Institute, Ambulance Service New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Cliff Reid, Greater Sydney Area Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, Ambulance Service New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia; mail{at}cliffreid.com

Abstract

In this study, the administration of an intravenous ketamine formulation to the nasal mucosa of a paediatric burn victim is described in the prehospital environment. Effective analgesia was achieved without the need for vascular or osseous access. Intranasal ketamine has been previously described for chronic pain and anaesthetic premedication. This case highlights its potential as an option for prehospital analgesia.

  • Analgesia/pain control
  • burns
  • prehospital care

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ethics of Clinical Practice Subcommittee, Sydney South West Area Health Service, NSW Health.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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