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Low-Dose Ketamine for Acute Pain in the Emergency Department How long before maximum pain reduction is achieved after receiving low-dose ketamine (LDK) versus Morphine? Population: ED patients in acute pain Intervention: Ketamine administer for acute pain – NRS greater than 5 at triage Comparison: morphine given for acute pain Outcomes: maximum change in NRS as stated by patient Time: before being discharged from ED The opioid crisis has become a world-wide epidemic as stated by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (2019). Our focus is does the administration of Ketamine in the Emergency Department (ED) for acute pain better than other opioids, such as morphine, in achieving maximum pain relief using the numeric rating scale (NRS) (Miller et al, 2015). WHAT IS THE QUESTION? Ketamine is widely known as a street drug “Special K,” but numerous clinical trials have been conducted to aid in depression, addiction, migraines and most recently as a pain reliever. Multiple trials have determined that ketamine is a safe, effective, alternative medication, and most importantly, does not cause addition or cause respiratory depression (Newman, 2018).

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