Podcast#18: “Ketamine in Prehospital”

ketamineThe UK paramedic is going to start seeing a greater availability of Ketamine at the roadside in the near future. With the recent amendment to the legal framework that covers the possession and transportation of scheduled medication or the “misuse of drugs” act, Paramedics have now been given entitlement to carry Ketamine for the purpose of medical administration. However there is still a grey area as to who is actually qualified to administer Ketamine. In the recent release of the 2013 JRCALC guidelines, the guide refers to Ketamine being administered by a “suitable trained practitioner”. This passes the responsibility to the local ambulance authority to dictate who can or can not administer Ketamine under the directive of a PGD (Patient Group Directions).

In this podcast I chat to Critical Care and flight Paramedic John Wood about some of the traits and considerations any Paramedic, new to the administration of Ketamine should be thinking about. John gives me some background to the drug and how he is using it in his practice.

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The Show Notes:

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1/ Website Reference:
The College of Paramedics.:
Statement on the amendment to the misuse of drugs act. The College of Paramedics has been directly involved in lobbying the Home Office to amend the Group Authority within the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to include specific possession of ketamine.

2/ Twitter Reference:
“@Johnboy237 is John Wood”:
Follow Critical Care Paramedic and future private pilot liceance holder John Wood on twitter at @Johnboy237 .

My Guests Bio:

20130423-090002.jpgJohn is a Critical Care Paramedic employed by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and attached to Great Western Air Ambulance working from Filton, Bristol. He has been in the service for 18 years in which time he has undertaken a number of roles including Clinical Tutor, Emergency Care Practitioner, Clinical desk advisor, Station Officer and Community First Response Coordinator. He came through the IHCD route to paramedic but is now a graduate with BSc (Hons) Pre hospital Emergency Care and is nearing the completion of an MSc, he also holds DIpIMC RCS(Ed). He is passionate about the paramedic profession and is alternate council member for the Great Western Region and chair of the regional group. John is also involved in a number of pre hospital research projects and teaches on a regular basis.


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