Researchers in Colorado are looking to survey paramedics and how they manage agitation in the field.
The survey comes during a time of scrutiny of how paramedics treat patients in police custody with Ketamine.
Currently, there are no federal standards for police or emergency medical personnel on the drug’s use, and state policies and reporting requirements vary.
Colorado’s Health Department opened an investigation into the growing use of ketamine after the death of Elijah McClain while in police custody last year.
Recently, an anesthesiologist group said ketamine protocols must be reviewed.
The National Association of EMS Physicians also weighed in, saying ketamine use in the prehospital setting should remain in place.
The study is being conducted by a group led by Dr. Thom Dunn, a psychologist in the Psychology Department at University of Northern Colorado.
Participation in the survey is voluntary.