Case report: prehospital use of intranasal ketamine for paediatric burn injury

Emerg Med J. 2011 Apr;28(4):328-9. doi: 10.1136/emj.2010.092825. Epub 2011 Feb 3.


In this study, the administration of an intravenous ketamine formulation to the nasal mucosa of a paediatric burn victim is described in the prehospital environment. Effective analgesia was achieved without the need for vascular or osseous access. Intranasal ketamine has been previously described for chronic pain and anaesthetic premedication. This case highlights its potential as an option for prehospital analgesia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Intranasal
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / administration & dosage
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / therapeutic use*
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Child
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Humans
  • Ketamine / administration & dosage
  • Ketamine / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Preanesthetic Medication


  • Anesthetics, Dissociative
  • Ketamine