Is Ketamine superior to Etomidate?

There has been a lot of talk lately about ketamine.  So many people seem to swear by it.  Is there any data out there that supports its use in trauma?  Isn’t it bad for ICP?  Does it seem like everyone has a knee-jerk reaction to give etomidate?

Drs. Skoblar and Murray have written a short review on the subject.  Dr.  Skoblar is an Anesthesiology resident at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  Dr. Murray is a retired Colonel of the US Army Reserves, Professor Emeritus at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and current president of the Trauma Anesthesiology Society.  Not only has he been interested in trauma, but has played an active role in critical care medicine, as well as, research involving nutrition and ARDS.  Their editorial shows how much ketamine can add to the field of trauma.


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