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Plast Surg Nurs. 2007 Apr-Jun;27(2):98-101.

Perioperative uses of low-dose ketamine for pain management.

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Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia, Oakland University Beaumont, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA.


The purpose of this article is to explore the most current literature regarding perioperative pain management uses of low-dose ketamine. Research has demonstrated significant reductions in postoperative pain scores as well as opioid consumption with low-dose ketamine administration without side effects associated with its induction doses. The availability of S(+)-ketamine with double the analgesic potency of ketamine will create even more reason for its use.

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