Emergency Ambulance Destination

Reaffirmed and approved by the ACEP Board of Directors June 2013
Revised and approved by the ACEP Board of Directors October 2006
Revised and approved by the ACEP Board of Directors  titled, “Emergency Ambulance Destination” January 1999
Originally approved by the ACEP Board of Directors titled, “Emergency Ambulance Transport to Medical Facilities” January 1983

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes that patients who are transported under the direction of an EMS system should be taken, whenever possible, to a hospital facility that meets the Emergency Department Planning and Resource Guidelines of ACEP.

If an area does not have a hospital facility that meets the Emergency Care Guidelines, the EMS system physician medical director may designate an alternate medical facility to receive patients by ambulance. ACEP recommends that such alternate medical facilities meet the Emergency Care Guidelines of the College.

The EMS system physician medical director should have the authority to establish transport protocols that address the needs of both the patient and the local EMS system. These protocols must be closely monitored to ensure optimal and appropriate patient treatment is provided.

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