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Ketamine for military prehospital analgesia and sedation in combat casualties
  1. Ross Moy1 and
  2. C Wright2
  1. 1 Emergency Department, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Emergency Department, St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ross Moy, Emergency Department, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK; ross.moy{at}


Ketamine is an effective drug for battlefield analgesia. Recent evidence suggests that it can be safely and effectively used by Level 6 Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) practitioners. This article presents a review of the evidence, and outlines the future use of ketamine for provision of analgesia and sedation in combat casualties.

  • pain management
  • trauma management
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  • Contributors RM wrote the article. CW suggested the original idea, and confirms that the article corresponded with current UK MOD PHEC policy.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

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

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