Ambulance Victoria have recently introduced the use of Intranasal Ketamine as an avenue for pain management, and as a replacement for Intranasal Fentanyl.
In 2019, approximately 60 paramedics in East Gippsland experienced Ambulance Victoria’s botched investigation into Ketamine exposure. The mishandling of the investigation included:
More than 60 paramedics in the region undergoing mismanaged and brutal hair testing
Some paramedics being stood down based on questionable hair test results and assumed guilty until proven innocent
Extreme stress and distress to all affected
Up to twelve (12) month investigations that resulted in unreasonable warnings to paramedics whose tests indicated ketamine exposure was occupational had NOT been ingested
The risk of occupational exposure as a result of the new Ketamine delivery method has increased by 10 – 20 times, yet AV are maintaining their policy of zero tolerance. The additional risk means that steps must be taken.
The AEAV have written to AV demanding a new approach. A copy of our letter is available below.