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Ketamine Academy Blog Post

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

Should You Add Ketamine Infusions to Your Medical Practice? Pros and Cons Explained

Should You Add Ketamine Infusions to Your Medical Practice? Pros and Cons Explained

The Rise and Rise of Ketamine Therapy

Healthcare Bosses, let's talk about a hot topic that's been making waves in the medical community - Ketamine therapy. We've been getting a lot of inquiries lately about whether it's a good idea to incorporate ketamine infusions into medical practices. It's not a straightforward yes or no answer, but we're here to help you navigate the waters.

With the prevalence of mental health disorders and depression skyrocketing, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for effective treatments is surging. According to the CDC, the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders in June 2020 was approximately three times and four times higher than the rates reported in the second quarter of 2019, respectively.

Enter ketamine therapy. This innovative treatment has shown promise in addressing mood and pain disorders, but there's a catch - there simply aren't enough ketamine infusion clinics to meet the demand. With just over 400 clinics in the US, there's a clear gap in the market that's waiting to be filled.

Embracing the Psychedelic Renaissance

Here's my hot take: we're in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, and it's transforming how the healthcare world approaches chronic pain and mental health issues. Ketamine, first synthesized in 1956 and derived from phencyclidine by Dr. Calvin Lee Stevens, is currently the only legal psychedelic available, though MDMA and psilocybin are hot on their heels.

However, as with all innovative therapies, acceptance by the broader medical community is a hurdle. Not everyone is ready to jump on the ketamine therapy bandwagon, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from considering it for your practice.

The Logistics of IV Ketamine Therapy

Setting up a ketamine infusion clinic isn't a walk in the park. It involves finding a suitable location, hiring the right staff, sourcing medications and medical supplies, and more. But if you already have a clinic, you're halfway there. The challenge then becomes ensuring you know exactly how to administer the ketamine infusions and what to watch out for.

If you're thinking of starting a clinic or want to learn how to provide ketamine infusions, our FREE Ketamine Clinic Masterclass is a good start. We'll guide you through the process and ensure you're well-equipped to meet the demand for this innovative treatment.

Overcoming the Ketamine Knowledge Gap

Let's face it, most of us didn't cover ketamine therapy in our medical training. This can pose a challenge when considering starting a ketamine clinic. But fear not, this hurdle is by no means insurmountable. With the right training, your scope of practice can expand to include ketamine treatment.

However, it's crucial to remember our oath as physicians - to first do no harm. If you're not committed to providing safe and ethical treatments, ketamine therapy might not be the right path for you. But if you're willing to learn and put your patients' well-being first, we welcome you to the world of ketamine providers!

Adding Value with Ketamine Treatment

In the business of healthcare, adding value is key. Offering ketamine infusions not only provides an additional service to your patients but also presents a new option for your colleagues who might be at their wits' end with traditional treatment methods for pain and mood disorders.

But remember, incorporating ketamine therapy into your practice might require restructuring your clinic and retraining your staff. You'll need to ensure your clinic can provide the necessary level of monitoring and supervision for your patients undergoing ketamine treatment.

Should You or Shouldn't You?

So, should you add ketamine therapy to your practice? It depends. If the pros resonate with you and you're confident you can address the cons, then it's a resounding yes. If not, it might be best to explore other ways to expand your practice.

If you're ready to take the plunge, register for our FREE Ketamine Clinic Masterclass today.


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