Rethinking ketamine as a panacea: adverse effects on oxygenation and postoperative outcomes

Megan L. Rolfzen, Ben Julian A. Palanca, Karsten Bartels

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Abstract

Ketamine is receiving renewed interest in perioperative medicine as an anaesthetic adjunct and a treatment for chronic conditions, including depression. Ketamine's complex pharmacologic profile results not only in several desirable effects, such as anaesthesia and analgesia, but also multiple adverse effects affecting the central nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. In addition to defining patient-centred outcomes in future clinical studies on the perioperative uses of ketamine, careful monitoring for its numerous adverse effects will be paramount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-638
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Volume132
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • adverse effects
  • hypoxaemia
  • ketamine
  • perioperative outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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