Ketamine Use Part 1


Steve, Dan, and Holly discuss the background and use of Ketamine in EMS. The trio interviews their guest, Oregon Firefighter/Paramedic Isaiah Burkhart, an Army Ranger veteran, about his experience with Ketamine personally and professionally. Various calls are discussed outlining what went well and what could have gone better when it comes to chemical restraint. Various doses and indications for the drug are discussed along with what the future of Ketamine use could look like in depression and psychotherapy treatment modalities.

Learning Points:

  • Ketamine use - indications and contraindications
  • Variance in dosing depending on use and protocol
  • History of Ketamine use in the military
  • Combining Ketamine with benzodiazapines when appropriate
  • Alternative treatments


Content Creator: Steve Williams
CAPCE Course Number: 21-EMTP-F3-1208
Total CE Hours: 1
Level: Basic