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End Of Life Concerns

Adding ketamine assisted psychotherapy to treatment plans can drastically increase a hospice patient’s quality of life.

You are worth it.

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Paige Concepcion
Care Cordinator

When a loved one enters hospice care with a terminal illness, many traditional palliative medicine treatment plans include increased doses of opioids and sedatives to keep the patient calm and free from pain. While this treatment helps the patient be more comfortable in their last days, it often decreases their alertness, wakefulness, and cognition, making it difficult for them to come to terms with death and say goodbye. It also leaves you sitting by the bedside of someone who cannot interact with you.

At Transcend Health Solutions, we have an alternative: adding ketamine assisted psychotherapy to treatment plans can drastically increase a hospice patient’s quality of life, allowing them the ability to say their goodbyes and come to terms with death, thereby granting them dignity in their final days.


What Is Ketamine?

First created in the 1960s, ketamine is neither an opioid nor a barbiturate. Ketamine as an adjuvant to opioids for cancer pain in controlled trials enjoys a high success rate.

The drug works by blocking NMDA receptors in the brain, where it regulates Glutamate. This amino acid seems connected to certain mood disorders, which explains ketamine’s almost immediate results in the treatment of depression and anxiety.

Ketamine also appears to reset and even regrow the brain’s pain receptors, decreasing one’s baseline degree of pain.

"The Transcend Team has been INCREDIBLE with our family!  They have been so caring and their knowledge of how to conduct the infusion session in tandem with the therapy session is the best approach!  My daughter has joy again."
Susannah
Included services are:
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
  • Ketamine Infusions for Pain
  • Ketamine for Addiction
  • Ketamine for Alcohol Abuse
  • Ketamine for Hospice Care
  • Ketamine for Senior Care

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy/Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is ideal for people suffering from treatment resistant depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, OCD, PTSD and chronic pain conditions with no relief from more traditional medications or therapeutic interventions.

Almost all side effects are short-term and immediately subside after the infusion is discontinued. They may include: elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate and nausea. Nausea, elevated blood pressure and heart rate are easily managed through IV medications during the session should these arise. Most patient who do not eat for three hours prior to the session will not experience nausea.

Long term, the only documented side effect is Bladder Cystitis, but this was achieved from recreational dosing that is administered in far greater volume and frequency than in a medical setting. No medically facilitated Ketamine clinic has ever reported a patient contracting this disorder under appropriate care.

During your medical intake, we will determine if you need to alter your medication regime prior to treatment. There are only a few medications that should be altered prior to initiating treatment. For instance, stimulant medications, benzodiazepines, and medications like Lamictal may need to be held or adjusted prior to treatment.

Ketamine is an extremely safe medication, but it may cause nausea in a small percentage of patients. For this reason, we request that you don't eat or drink anything within 3 hours of your infusion time.

After a ketamine infusion, it is normal to feel somewhat tired or loopy for several hours. It would be unsafe to drive after a session so we do require that you arrange a family/friend to pick you up or utilize a taxi or other ride service.

At Transcend, it is our goal to have this treatment be a short term intervention for you. The majority of our patient will reach sub clinical levels of distress after an average of 5-6 sessions. The majority of our patients discharge after these session and do not require any form of maintenance therapy.

Because you are taking a sedative, YOU CANNOT DRIVE AFTER THE TREATMENT. You must arrange for someone to pick you up, otherwise you will not receive a treatment.

For chronic pain treatment, it is more difficult to keep baseline pain levels down and flair-ups without maintenance infusions ongoing. The majority of patients with chronic pain will do sessions every 3-6 weeks to keep the pain reduced.

You can expect to be at the clinic for approximately 2 hours. There are many factors that influence the length of the infusion but most patients will receive a 35-45 minute ketamine infusion. Your Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy trained therapist and medical provider will be by your side throughout your entire time in the clinic.

Have another question? Don't hesitate to reach out to us.