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Prehospital use of ketamine in mountain rescue
  1. J Ellerton1,
  2. P Paal2,
  3. H Brugger3,4
  1. 1
    Penrith Health Centre, Penrith, Cumbria, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria
  3. 3
    Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck Austria
  4. 4
    ICAR MEDCOM, Bruneck, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Ellerton, Penrith Health Centre, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7UL, UK; ellerton{at}

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Bredmose et al1 have published an excellent indictment for the use of ketamine in the prehospital phase; a study of 1030 patients is impressive. Mountain Rescue is a small specialist area of prehospital care in which many physicians have acknowledged the benefits of ketamine for many years.2 Its versatility and, with careful use, its ability to dissociate analgesia from airway compromise are particularly appealing. For example, having to use simple airway adjuncts after the administration of a drug …

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