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Intravenous ketamine has been shown to be useful for acute pain in a variety of settings.1
The present study shows that it provides a greater reduction in pain than morphine but causes more adverse effects in out-of-hospital care.
Conscious trauma patients often suffer severe pain. In general, once a head injury has been ruled out, it is safe to give analgesics as promptly as possible.2 Analgesics are often given in the initial out-of-hospital setting, but are often not as effective as they might be. Thus, it is important to …
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