“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.