Paramedics in Aurora (CO) have one less tool to use in their toolbox as the city council voted to temporarily stop paramedics from using ketamine to sedate patients.
The move comes after the death of Elijah McClain after he was stopped by police last year and after a paramedic sedated him with a dose of ketamine.
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Before the moratorium begins, paramedics would be trained on new protocols, KDVR-TV reports. The moratorium would expire 30 days after council receives the independent investigation into McClain’s death.
The state health department recently announced that it would review the state’s program that allows paramedics to administer the drug.
The National Association of EMS Physicians recently came in defense of ketamine, saying the use of ketamine by prehospital personnel is backed by medical direction.