Ep 101: How Ketamine Infusion Therapy is Treating Mental Health

The dynamic field of psychotropic medication has seen groundbreaking results with the introduction of dissociative therapies. This episode hopes to shed light on the use of ketamine for mental health and chronic pain relief and put an emphasis on how CRNAs are uniquely positioned to benefit from its application. Dr. Nicholas Kalynych and Brian Hogan of Sunbelt Wellness Institute will join the show to help us do that.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

If you haven’t paid much attention to the developments in the field of psychotropic medication, you might have missed the role that ketamine is starting to play.

For a long time, there’s been a negative stigma associated with the drug but great strides have been taken in recent years to utilize ketamine for mental health and chronic pain. So much so that ketamine infusion therapy is being utilized more and more.

One business that’s putting an emphasis on treating patients with ketamine is Sunbelt Wellness Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. CEO Dr. Nicholas Kalynych and Director Brian Hogan joined the podcast to bring awareness to this treatment and explain why CRNAs are in a great position to benefit from this type of therapy.

We’ve talked about mental health on past episodes of this podcast, but it’s important to remember that over 320 million people around the world have been diagnosed with depression. The suffering was climbing prior to COVID but it’s only increased since the start of the pandemic.

That’s why finding any successful treatment is a big win for everyone. Ketamine is playing a part in that, which it’s been doing dating all the way back to the Vietnam War. We’ll learn much more about the history of the drug and how its uses have evolved to where they are today.

This episode will hopefully give you a much clearer and complete understanding of ketamine infusion therapy. Keep an ear out for these topics during the show:  

  • The history of ketamine
  • Its uses in the military
  • How doses are administered
  • The stigma associated with ketamine
  • How Sunbelt got started in this treatment and who they serve
  • How CRNAs can get more involved in ketamine
  • Detailed discussion on the treatment

If you want to learn more about this treatment or the team at Sunbelt Wellness, visit their website here.

Check it out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

2:22 – What we’re talking about today

3:04 – Background on our guests

6:32 – What’s important about this topic right now?

7:21 – This history and uses of ketamine

10:28 – Microdosing  

12:52 – Stigma of mental health  

14:25 – Ketamine with other anti-depressants

16:19 – What’s the stigma attached to ketamine

18:09 – How their business got involved with this treatment.  

21:23 – Insurance not covering this right now   

22:36 – How can CRNAs get more involved with this?  

24:30 – Why CRNAs are uniquely qualified

27:39 – How did these uses for ketamine come about?

30:24 – The role of a psychiatrist

34:30 – How they help people get started with this.

38:53 – How is COVID impacting supply?

45:03 – Final message on the topic

 


“To be able to take something that is so readily available and have it be a real gamechanger for people that are suffering is amazing.”

-Brian Hogan

SHARE THIS EPISODE

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

SUBSCRIBE

EXPLORE MORE

CRNA Careers

Ep 200: Exploring the Power of Nursing and Its Future Impact on Healthcare

As we celebrate the release of our 200th episode, it seemed fitting to shine the spotlight on the profession as a whole and the people who devote their lives to helping others. Many CRNAs, and nurses in general, don’t give themselves enough credit for the work they do every day. So today we’re going to take a big picture look at the power of nursing and the innovation we’re doing that could change healthcare with Rebecca Love, RN, MSN, FIEL.

LISTEN NOW »
CRNA History

Ep 199: Olive Berger, CRNA – Founding Member of the AANA

The early years of anesthesia were a time when nurses proved just how valuable they were as this new world was being explored. Olive Berger, CRNA was one of the women that rose to the occasion and helped shape the profession through her work with ‘blue babies’ and with the AANA. Today we look back on her career with show historians Nancy Bruton-Maree, CRNA and Sandy Ouellette, CRNA.

LISTEN NOW »

SUBSCRIBE

NEW EPISODES EVERY WEEK!

Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotifyStitcherTuneIniHeartRadio

HAVE A QUESTION OR WANT TO BE GUEST?

RECENT REVIEWS

J. Cross CRNA
Read More
This podcast is very well put together. I love the hosts Sharon & Jeremy, they do a fantastic job at presenting topics as well as getting great speakers on the show! This is my morning commute podcast everyday! Thank you for all that you do!
Bill.Nye
Read More
I enjoy listening every morning. Great content and always a pleasure to learn something new.
biggestbaseballfanever
Read More
I started listening to this podcast religiously early on in my CRNA journey, a year before applying to CRNA school. The content in this podcast was one of my most helpful resources for getting into my first choice school, Wake Forest! It has also been a huge motivator for getting involved with the AANA now and throughout my career. I highly recommend this podcast to every prospective CRNA I meet.
Trvlgrl1
Read More
I appreciate hearing the latest and greatest in the world of Nurse Anesthesiology while also getting Class B credits. Just listen on your commute for a win/win experience. I love the perspectives from Jeremy and Sharon who both ask varied and insightful questions!
doubledownmoney
Read More
If you’re a CRNA or any medical professional, I highly recommend giving this podcast a listen. Hosts have a great rapport.
Previous
Next

READ MORE REVIEWS OR LEAVE YOUR OWN!