To find and reach a consensus on the usage of ketamine in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome and to determine a reference protocol for future studies” Xu et al (2018).
OBJECTIVE: To find and reach a consensus on the usage of ketamine in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome and to determine a reference protocol for future studies.
DESIGN: Three hundred fifty-one medical professionals participated in our survey on practice procedures, with 104 respondents providing information on their usage of ketamine for treating the pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome. Respondents answered questions about inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, children vs adults, safety, and basic demographic information. An expert group then met to reach a consensus for a reference protocol.
RESULTS: There is a difference in how inpatients are treated compared with outpatients, making it necessary to have two different reference protocols. The duration of pain relief varied from one to 10 days to one to six months, with a correlation between the duration of pain relief and total infusion hours per round.
CONCLUSIONS: The consensus reference protocols are made up of nine recommended topics. Reference protocols need to be validated by extensive research before guidelines can be created.
Xu, J., Herndon, C., Anderson, S., Getson, P., Foorsov, V., Moskovitz, P. and Harden, R.N. (2018) Intravenous Ketamine Infusion for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Survey, Consensus, and a Reference Protocol. Pain Medicine. March 9th. .