Evaluation and Treatment of Minors

Revised 2015; Reaffirmed 2007; Revised 2001;  Reaffirmed 1996; Approved 1991. 

 As an adjunct to this policy statement, ACEP has prepared a Policy Resource and Education Paper (PREP) by the same name: "Evaluation and Treatment of Minors" 

The medical screening,examination and treatment of an emergency medical condition of a minor in the emergency department should not be delayed because of consent issues. When clinically, legally, and ethically appropriate, adolescents independently treated in the emergency department should have their confidentiality honored.

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