ACEP Policy Statements

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ACEP board-approved policy statements highlight the scope of issues being addressed in emergency medicine. New policies are initially distributed to ACEP members via Annals of Emergency Medicine and posted here. In addition, the ACEP Board of Directors has directed that all policy statements undergo automatic review when they are seven years old. Unless a policy still contains relevant information, it will then sunset. Due to the extensive time required to review seven-year-old or older policies, some are still under review.

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  • 2011 State of the Art - Observation Units in the ED 0511
  • 2013 Model EM
  • 2014 Policy Compendium
  • 911 Caller Good Samaritan Laws

    Supports the widespread passage of laws eliminating legal liability for good faith reporting of emergencies through 911

  • 911 Caller Good Samaritan Laws
  • A Culture of Safety in EMS Systems

     Approved by the ACEP Board of Directors April 2014 The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) believe that safety must become a foundational component of every EMS system.  Providing high-quality emergency medical services (EMS) requires that we understand risk and embrace practices to prevent harm to patients, EMS personnel and members of our community.  It is the EMS physician’s role to develop and support a culture of safety in EMS systems. We believe: EMS systems should support the development, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of comprehensive system-wide safety, quality, and risk management programs  EMS safety and comprehensive risk management should be emphasized in both initial and continuing education for EMS providers   EMS systems should implement and support a just culture to facilitate honest and prompt reporting of risk and error and to support analysis of near miss and adverse events in an environment of professionalism and accountability    Integrated EMS safety data systems should be created to promote evaluation of safety programs and to promote research that advances understanding of safety for EMS providers, systems, and patients  EMS physicians should advocate for EMS safety-related programs coordinated at the local, regional, state, and federal levels based on evidence-based practice and benchmarks  EMS physicians should evaluate technologies and equipment for improvements in safety for patients, medical providers, and the public.  EMS physicians should evaluate protocols, policies, and standing orders for opportunity to limit risk and increase safety by design.  

  • Academic Departments of Emergency Medicine in Medical Schools
    Each medical school should include an academic department of emergency medicine
  • ACEP Business Arrangements
    Handling of business arrangements.
  • ACEP Digital IO 9-2014
  • ACEP Policy Statements
    ACEP board-approved policy statements highlight the scope of issues being addressed in emergency medicine.
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