, Volume 78, Issue 7, pp 727–735 | Cite as

The Expanding Role of Ketamine in the Emergency Department

  • Sophia Sheikh
  • Phyllis Hendry
Review Article


Patients frequently come to the emergency department for pain. For decades, ketamine has been used in the emergency department for procedural sedation but is now receiving attention as a potential alternative to opioids because of its unique analgesic effects. Additionally, ketamine’s dissociative properties have made it a popular choice for sedating profoundly agitated patients. In this narrative review, these new roles for ketamine in the emergency department are discussed.



The study authors would like to thank Taylor Miller, BS and Caroline Dodd, BS for their help in the preparation of this manuscript.

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SS and PH have no conflicts of interests to disclose.


SS and PH have no funding to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Florida College of Medicine-JacksonvilleJacksonvilleUSA

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