Ketamine is one of the biggest breakthroughs to come along in decades, treating a number of mood and chronic pain conditions. Ketamine infusion brings revolutionary solutions for a number of treatment-resistant mood disorders and pain-related conditions.
Dr. Baffour Osei is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with over 25 years of IV medicine experience while working in top DC Hospitals, he personally Oversees and is Present during every Intravenous Ketamine Therapy Treatment.
The Consultation Process In order to assess whether Ketamine is the right choice for you, we conduct an initial mental health screening using various questionnaires and a comprehensive assessment conducted by a staff member. Additionally, an anesthesiology staff will also perform a general medical assessment and pertinent physical exam to make sure there are no contraindications to receiving Ketamine treatment. As a precaution, a routine urine drug screen is conducted to rule out those are actively abusing illicit substances. As Cannabis is legal in various states, a positive result will not necessarily disqualify you from treatment. However, patients that are prescribed any controlled medications will need to provide us with a copy of a valid prescription.
The Infusion Process After the initial assessment, we will schedule your infusion sessions. Before receiving each infusion, we will need to verify that you have arranged transportation in order to leave the clinic as you will not be able to drive for the next several hours until the effects of Ketamine wear off. On the day of the infusion, patients will be taken into an exclusive infusion area. While we are preparing the IV, one of our anesthesia providers will conduct a pre-assessment, and check your vital signs as we set up the equipment. During the procedure you will be laying in a comfortable lounge chair for the entire duration of the 45-minute infusion sessions.
We will closely monitor you throughout the IV infusion process. You will be attached to our monitors and our anesthesia team will ensure that you are safe until the infusion is complete. After the procedure, you will stay in the recovery area approximately 30 minutes for observation until our medical providers feel that you are ready to be discharged home. While receiving a course of ketamine infusions, you will be periodically assessed by phone or internet in order to provide ongoing support. In addition, every patient will be followed up psychiatrically after completing their infusion sessions.
Initial treatments, known as stabilization treatments, are generally condensed into a single week. We will evaluate your progress closely after the stabilization period and develop an individualized maintenance protocol based on your specific medical needs. You will receive ongoing infusions thereafter, which are known as maintenance treatments, with the goal of progressing into longer intervals between treatments.
Prior to treatment, we will review your medical history and go over several necessary forms and documents to determine the right ketamine infusion therapy procedure for your pain or condition. You will need to complete and sign these forms prior to your initial consultation and have them with you on the day of the consultation.
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