What is Known:
• Ketamine is safely and efficaciously administered for children’s procedural sedation and analgesia by trained emergency paediatricians in the everyday practice outside the operating room in North America.
• In the Italian setting, there are no data at all concerning ketamine’s usage by the emergency paediatricians for procedural sedation and pain control.
What is New:
• In this study emerged that ketamine is poorly administered by Italian emergency paediatricians for procedural sedation and analgesia outside the operating room.
• A great deal of educational effort should be made to widen ketamine based procedural sedation availability in Italian emergency departments by spreading specific training tracks and guidelines.