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Case Studies

  • Case Study 1: Ketamine use in war zones - Syria

    Case Study 1: Ketamine use in war zones  - Syria

    “It is an anaesthetic and a pain killer. It is very safe and very versatile. There is no other agent out there like it.”

    Dr Rachael Craven, Consultant Anaesthetist
    University Hospitals Bristol/Médecins Sans Frontiers

    In conflict zones, abandoned homes become hospitals. The kitchen might be turned into a sterilization room. The living room may become an operating theatre. Among the medics manning the hospital may be civilians, helping where they can. The electricity supply can be unreliable at best. In these situations, ketamine is literally a life-saver...

  • Case Study 2: Ketamine in low resource settings - Tonga

    Case Study 2: Ketamine in low resource settings - Tonga

    “Our doctors here are really used to using ketamine. It is often used in our emergency department, for anyone who needs sedation and pain relief. As the only anaesthetist here, it makes my job a lot easier.”

    Dr Selesia Fifita, Vice President, Pacific Society of Anaesthetists

    The South Pacific nation of Tonga has 36 inhabited islands, spread over 740 square kilometres. Having a trained anaesthetist on each, let alone a hospital is not feasible. This makes ketamine vital for Tongans. Doctors on the small islands are trained to use it for short procedures, and also in cases where a patient needs to make the journey of up to three hours by plane to a bigger hospital.