Public will be kept out of public health department’s ketamine review process

FOX31: The months-delayed state health department review of Colorado’s ketamine waiver program will remain confidential, according to Michelle Reese, a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) employee familiar with the ketamine review.

“We intend to keep not only the work of the investigatory panel confidential but also the members at least until a final report is produced,” said Reese, who provided an update during Monday’s Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council meeting. 

The group, also called EMPAC, is responsible for approving  ketamine waivers for medical directors.  The waivers allow paramedics, practicing under the medical director’s supervision, to administer the drug to patients prior to arriving at a hospital.

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