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These ACEP Board-approved documents describe ACEP's policies on the clinical management of emergency department patients. These clinical policies are not intended to represent a legal standard of care for emergency physicians. ACEP recognizes the importance of the individual physician’s judgment and patient preferences. If you are having trouble viewing these documents, download Adobe Reader.

New!Reperfusion Therapy for STEMI

Emergency Department Management of Patients Needing Reperfusion Therapy for an ST-Segment Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction

Psychiatric Patient

Critical Issues in the Diagnosis and Management of the Adult Psychiatric Patient in the Emergency Department

Early Pregnancy

Critical Issues in the Initial Evaluation and Management of Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Early Pregnancy

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Suspected Transient Ischemic Attack

Critical Issues in the Evaluation of Adult Patients With Suspected Transient Ischemic Attack in the Emergency Department

Fever - Infants and Children Younger than 2 Years

Well-Appearing Infants and Children Younger Than 2 Years of Age Presenting to the Emergency Department With Fever

Intravenous tPA for Acute Ischemic Stroke

Use of Intravenous tPA for the Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Emergency Department

Thoracic Aortic Dissection

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients With Suspected Acute Nontraumatic Thoracic Aortic Dissection

Seizure

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Seizures

Procedural Sedation and Analgesia

Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in the Emergency Department

Asymptomatic Elevated Blood Pressure

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients in the Emergency Department With Asymptomatic Elevated Blood Pressure

Opioids

Critical Issues in the Prescribing of Opioids for Adult Patients in the Emergency Department

Pulmonary Embolism

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Suspected Pulmonary Embolism

Acute Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Critical Issues in the Evaluation of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Acute Blunt Abdominal Trauma

Appendicitis

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Emergency Department Patients With Suspected Appendicitis

Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Critical Issues in the Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Clinical Policy: Decisionmaking in Adult Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Acute Setting

Headache

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Acute Headache

Acute Heart Failure Syndromes

Critical Issues in the Evaluation and Management of Adult Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Acute Heart Failure Syndromes

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