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  • Writer's pictureJason A. Duprat MBA, MSA, APRN, CRNA

A Guide to Ketamine Therapy and the Importance of Set and Setting


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Who Can Administer Ketamine Therapy?

Hey there, Healthcare Bosses! Let's dive into the question: "Who is qualified to administer ketamine treatments?" Well, the short answer is that any licensed physician can technically provide ketamine treatments. But, as we all know, the devil is in the details. So, let's get into it.


Regulations on Ketamine Therapy

Currently, there are no federal mandates or regulations specifying who can or cannot administer ketamine infusions for mood or pain disorders. This means that as a physician, CRNA, or PA working with a licensed physician, you are technically allowed to administer ketamine infusions.


However, with ketamine infusion therapy being a relatively new treatment, legislation is in the works in certain states that could limit who can administer this medication. So, it's always best to do your own research on any new legislation that could affect your practice in your specific state.


Training for Ketamine Treatment

While any licensed medical professional can technically administer ketamine infusions, it's important to note that there is no formal, centralized, or mandated training on how to perform the infusions. It's up to the practitioner to seek out their own training on how to administer the infusions and handle any potential emergencies.


The Importance of Set and Setting in Ketamine Therapy

Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room: the psychedelic experience that comes with ketamine therapy. This isn't your typical medical treatment. Patients can have a profound and potentially healing experience during infusion therapy. But, if not properly managed, this experience can also be detrimental. This is where the concept of "set and setting" comes in.


What is Set and Setting?

“Set” refers to the mindset or mental state the patient brings to the infusion therapy appointment, while “setting” refers to the physical and social environment where the ketamine experience will occur. Paying special attention to these two factors is key when providing transformational ketamine infusion therapy. Currently, no specialty in traditional medicine has a particular edge in this area or formal training in it. But as more ketamine clinics emerge, this could change.


What Makes a Good Ketamine Specialist?

So, what does it take to be a good ketamine specialist? It's about more than just being able to administer the infusions. It's about providing a holistic, patient-centered experience. This includes addressing set and setting, integrating the experience with traditional medical practices, and providing excellent patient care.


Key Qualities of a Good Ketamine Specialist

Here are some qualities that make a good ketamine specialist:

  • Proficiency in performing ketamine infusions and handling emergencies

  • Effective communication skills

  • Patient-centered focus

  • Integrity

  • Adherence to the Hippocratic oath

  • A holistic, psychedelically informed approach to ketamine therapy

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, being a good ketamine specialist isn't about your specific medical specialty. It's about how well you take care of your patients and provide a holistic, patient-centered experience.

With the right training and approach, any licensed medical professional could become a successful ketamine specialist. To get ahead of the curve, register to our Ketamine Clinic Masterclass without a cost.


Hot Take

While any licensed medical professional can technically administer ketamine treatments, it's the ones who truly understand and respect the transformative aspects of ketamine therapy that will stand out in this field. It's not just about the infusions, it's about the entire patient experience.


So, Healthcare Bosses, let's not just administer, let's transform!

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