Ketamine Infusions for Pediatric Sedation and Analgesia

Marcia L. Buck, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG


Pediatr Pharm. 2016;22(6) 

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The use of ketamine for sedation in children has grown considerably over the past decade. It is now a frequent choice for procedural sedation, and more recently has become a component of multimodal sedation/analgesic regimens in the perioperative setting and in critically ill children. Low-dose infusions have also been studied for children with bronchospasm or chronic pain. While there are currently only a small number of papers in the medical literature, the utility of ketamine infusions and the relatively low frequency of adverse effects reported with their use may lead to more definitive treatment recommendations in the future.