This pilot was developed in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of EMS to test the effectivness of Ketamine when administered to a patient exhibiting signs and symptoms of excited (agitated) delirium. Excited delirium can be manifested by multiple mechanisms including acute or chronic illicit substance use, including the use of cocaine, methamphetamines, PCP, LSD, K2, and bath salts.
The administration of Ketamine protects first responders from being injured while providing safe care for these patients. The Montgomery County Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) supervises the 17 participating EMS agencies from across the Commonwealth. Patients suffering from excited delirium as well as the first responders in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania benefit from the creation of a safe and proven excited delirium protocol to enabling paramedics to safely and effectively treat patients suffering from this toxidrome.
The pilot program concludes on March 2, 2016.