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Acute suicidality remains one of the most common psychiatric emergencies and suicide is still highly prevalent worldwide. Current standard of care pharmacological treatment is not always successful in reducing suicidality and often takes multiple weeks to yield reduction of suicidal ideation and behavior. Because of this new, and potentially faster, treatments for suicidality are still needed. Ketamine has been shown to cause a reduction of symptoms, including suicidality, in major depressive disorder within hours to days. However, only sparse research has been done into the effectiveness of ketamine in suicidality as a distinct syndrome.
In the KETA-study will perform a multicenter randomized controlled trial to test the hypothesis that a single subanesthetic dose of intranasal ketamine is able to diminish acute suicidal ideation and behavior, regardless of the underlying diagnosis, significantly more than an active placebo: midazolam.