Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ketamine: to induce coma in cases of brain injury?

BET 3: Is ketamine a viable induction agent for the trauma patient with potential brain injury; Emergency Medicine Journal 28 (12), 1076-7 (Dec 2011)

A short cut review was carried out to establish whether ketamine is a viable induction agent in trauma patients with potential brain injuries. 276 papers were found using the reported searches, of which 5 presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. It is concluded that there is no evidence to suggest harm with Ketamine use as induction agent for the patient with potential traumatic brain injury. The drug has major advantages in those patients with associated haemodynamic compromise and should potentially be regarded as the agent of choice.


Blogger note:  Always beware when a meta-analysis tries to answer questions not posed by the papers meta-analyzed.  As always, the devil is in the details.

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