View On Demand (recorded January 18, 2022)

Several incidents have made headlines involving EMS administration of ketamine following an interaction between the patient and law enforcement. At least one of these incidents involves criminal charges against EMS personnel.

While ketamine administration is not warranted in most interactions between law enforcement and resisting subjects, it remains a valuable, lifesaving tool for certain agitated subjects in order to facilitate further medical evaluation. Join our panel of experts to learn what public safety agencies can do to mitigate the risk involved with prehospital ketamine use, prevent harm to patients, and develop shared understanding across fire, EMS and law enforcement. 

You’ll Learn:

  • Legal trends associated with prehospital ketamine use
  • Key findings from an ESO study involving more than 14,000 ketamine administrations, including the importance of post-administration monitoring
  • The role and limitations of law enforcement in such incidents and the latest guidance from national EMS organizations about the law enforcement-to-EMS handoff
  • The necessity of cross-agency (fire, EMS and law enforcement) communication, training and policy development for handling subjects that don’t respond to traditional restraint, de-escalation or use of force tactics

Presented by:

Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS
Chief Medical Officer, ESO
President, National Association of EMS Physicians

Mike Ranalli
Program Manager, Lexipol
Chief (Ret.), Glenville (NY) Police Department
Curt Varone
Deputy Chief, Exeter (RI) Fire Department
Attorney and Author, Fire Law Blog


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