Ketamine: use in anesthesia

CNS Neurosci Ther. 2013 Jun;19(6):381-9. doi: 10.1111/cns.12072. Epub 2013 Mar 22.


The role of ketamine anesthesia in the prehospital, emergency department and operating theater settings is not well defined. A nonsystematic review of ketamine was performed by authors from Australia, Europe, and North America. Results were discussed among authors and the final manuscript accepted. Ketamine is a useful agent for induction of anesthesia, procedural sedation, and analgesia. Its properties are appealing in many awkward clinical scenarios. Practitioners need to be cognizant of its side effects and limitations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia*
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / pharmacology
  • Anesthetics, Dissociative / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Drug Administration Routes
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Ketamine / pharmacology
  • Ketamine / therapeutic use*
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Pain / etiology


  • Anesthetics, Dissociative
  • Ketamine