by Meghan Spyres Ketamine was gifted to the world as a result of investigations into its evil older brother: phencyclidine (PCP). PCP, commonly known as ‘angel dust’ (quite the misnomer, Urban Dictionary suggests the use of the more fitting ‘devil dust’. . .) was initially used as a pharmaceutical in the 1950s under trade name […]
Even when we can’t cure a patient, we can relieve suffering. On average, we kind of stink at pain control in the ED. One physician, Dr. Ed Gentile, has created a simple path to optimal acute pain control in the ED. I heard this lecture on the EM:RAP podcast and got permission from Drs. Gentile and Herbert to repost it here. This is not a critical care topic per se, but it is applicable to the critically ill, the non-critically ill–basically any patient who is in pain in the ED.