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Ketamine (“Ketalar”): A Safer Anaesthetic for ECT

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

C. L. Brewer*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies
J. R. T. Davidson*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies
S. Hereward
Affiliation:
University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies
*
Presently Midland Nerve Hospital, Birmingham B15 2NJ
Presently Registrar, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Extract

Ketamine (‘Ketalar’), a recently introduced phencyclidine derivative, is a dissociative anaesthetic agent with a number of unique and useful properties. Its most important advantages are the relatively good preservation of the swallowing and cough reflexes, and its rapid absorption following intramuscular injection. In addition, it has little depressant effect on respiration, while blood pressure is usually raised (Morgan et al., 1971; Bovill et al., 1971). It also has the effect of increasing muscular tone, thus preventing airway obstruction by the tongue.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1972 

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