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Policy Statements

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 five years old. Unless a policy still contains relevant information, it will then sunset. Due to the extensive time required to review five year old or older policies, some are still under review.

Alphabetical Listing (A-B) (34)
2019 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine 911 Caller Good Samaritan Laws A Culture of Safety in EMS Systems Academic Departments of Emergency Medicine in Medical Schools Access to 9-1-1 Public Safety Centers, Emergency Medical Dispatch, and Public Emergency Aid Training Access to Optimal Emergency Care for Children ACEP Business Arrangements ACEP Recognized Certifying Bodies in Emergency Medicine Adult Psychiatric Emergencies Advanced Automatic Crash Notification and Intelligent Transportation Systems Advanced Life Support Courses Advanced Practice Provider Point-of-Care Ultrasound Guidelines Advertising and Publicity of Emergency Medical Care Advocacy for Emergency Department Ultrasound Privilege and Practice Advocating for Certified Emergency Nurses (CENs) in Departments of Emergency Medicine Alcohol Advertising Alcohol Screening in the Emergency Department Animal Use in Research Anonymous Affidavits of Merit Anonymous Complaints to State Licensing Boards by Third Parties Anonymous Expert Physician Testimony for a State Medical Licensing Board Antimicrobial Stewardship Antitrust Appropriate and Safe Utilization of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Appropriate Interfacility Patient Transfer Appropriate Use Criteria for Handheld/Pocket Ultrasound Devices Assignment of Benefits Audiovisual Recording in the Emergency Department Autonomous Self-Driving Vehicles Availability of Hospital Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services Balance Billing Boarding of Admitted and Intensive Care Patients in the Emergency Department Boarding of Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department Definition of Boarded Patient
Alphabetical Listing (C-D) (40)
Care of Patients with Behavioral Health Emergencies and Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Civil Commitment Clinical Emergency Data Registry Quality Measures Clinical Pharmacist Services in the Emergency Department CME Burden Code of Ethics for Emergency Physicians Collective Bargaining, Work Stoppages, and Slowdowns College Board Member and Officer Expert Testimony Commercial Filming of Patients in the Emergency Department Compensated Time for Faculty Academic Administration and Teaching Involvement Compensation Arrangements for Emergency Physicians Confidentiality of Patient Information Conflict of Interest Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research Considerations for Emergency Physicians in Pre-Retirement Years Corporal Punishment of Children Coverage for Patient Home Medication While Under Observation Status COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During the Pandemic COVID-19: Use of Donated or Self-Purchased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Crowding Cultural Awareness and Emergency Care Death of a Child in the Emergency Department Definition of "Admit Time" Definition of an Emergency Physician Definition of an Emergency Service Definition of Clinical Ultrasonography Definition of Democracy in Emergency Medicine Practice Definition of Emergency Medicine Definition of Rural Emergency Medicine Delivery of Care to Undocumented Persons Disaster Data Collection Disaster Medical Response Disaster Medical Services Disaster Planning and Response Disclosure of Medical Errors Disinfection of Ultrasound Transducers Used for Percutaneous Procedures Distracted and Impaired Driving Domestic Family Violence Drug Take-Back Programs Due Process for Physician Medical Directors of Emergency Medical Services
Alphabetical Listing (E-F) (38)
Economic Credentialing Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Emergency Contraception for Women at Risk of Unintended and Preventable Pregnancy Emergency Department Nurse Staffing Emergency Department Observation Services Emergency Department Patient Navigator Role and Training Emergency Department Planning and Resource Guidelines Emergency Department Utilization During Outbreaks of Influenza Emergency Information Form for Children With Special Health Care Needs Emergency Medical Services Interfaces with Health Care Systems Emergency Medicine Telehealth Emergency Medicine Training, Competency and Professional Practice Principles Emergency Medicine's Role in Organ and Tissue Donation Emergency Physician Compensation Transparency Emergency Physician Contractual Relationships Emergency Physician Overhead Emergency Physician Rights and Responsibilities Emergency Physician Shift Work Emergency Physician Stewardship of Finite Resources Emergency Physicians' Patient Care Responsibilities Outside of the Emergency Department Emergency Ultrasound Certification by External Entities Emergency Ultrasound Imaging Criteria Compendium EMTALA and On-Call Responsibility for Emergency Department Patients Ensuring Emergency Department Patient Access to Appropriate Pain Treatment Ethical Issues at the End of Life Ethical Issues of Resuscitation Ethical Use of Telemedicine in Emergency Care Evaluation and Treatment of Minors Expert Witness Cross-Specialty Testimony for Standard of Care Expert Witness Guidelines for the Specialty of Emergency Medicine External Cause of Morbidity Codes and Injury Surveillance Data Systems Fair Coverage When Services Are Mandated Fair Payment for Emergency Department Services Family and Medical Leave Fictitious Patients Financing of Graduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine Food and Drink for Staff in the Emergency Department Freestanding Emergency Departments
Alphabetical Listing (G-M) (34)
Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines Gifts to Emergency Physicians from Industry Good Samaritan Protection Guideline for Ultrasound Transducer Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines for Emergency Physicians on the Interpretation of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Therapy (POLST) Guidelines for Smallpox Vaccination for Health Care Workers Guidelines for the Use of Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) in the ED for Cardiac Arrest Guidelines for Undergraduate Education in Emergency Medicine Guidelines Regarding the Role of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in the Emergency Department Handling of Hazardous Materials Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities Health Care System Surge Capacity Recognition, Preparedness, and Response Health Courts Health Information Technology for Emergency Care High-Threat Event Casualty Care Hospital Disaster Physician Privileging Human Resources Concepts Governing Physician Medical Directors of EMS Human Trafficking Immunization of Adults and Children in the Emergency Department Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Implications for Emergency Medicine International Development and Promotion of Emergency Medicine Interpretation of EMTALA in Investigations, Enforcement, and Medical Malpractice Litigation Ketamine Use in Prehospital and Hospital Treatment of the Acute Trauma Patient Law Enforcement Information Gathering in the Emergency Department Leadership and Volunteers Conduct Policy Management of the Patient with the Complaint of Sexual Assault Maximizing the Potential of Women in Emergency Medicine Medical Neutrality Medical Practice Review and the Practice of Medicine Medical Services Coding Medical Transport Advertising, Marketing, and Brokering Meeting Conduct Policy Military Considerations in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Motor Vehicle Safety
Alphabetical Listing (N-Q) (34)
Naloxone Prescriptions by Emergency Physicians National Pandemic Readiness: Ethical Issues Nonbeneficial ("Futile") Emergency Medical Interventions Non-Discrimination and Harassment Observers in Emergency Medical Settings Opposition to Copays for Medicaid Beneficiaries Opposition to Routine Culturing of Skin and Soft Tissue Abscesses Orders Received from Outside the Emergency Department Out-of-Hospital Medical Direction and the Intervener Physician Overcoming Barriers to Promotion of Women and Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Faculty in Academic Emergency Medicine Patient- and Family-Centered Care and the Role of the Emergency Physician Providing Care to a Child in the Emergency Department Patient Autonomy and Destination Factors in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and EMS-Affiliated Mobile Integrated Healthcare Community Paramedicine Programs Patient Experience of Care Surveys Patient Medical Records in the Emergency Department Payment for Ultrasound Services in the Emergency Department Pedestrian Injury Prevention Pediatric Medication Safety in the Emergency Department Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies in the Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Health Care Facility Staff Physician Credentialing and Delineation of Clinical Privileges in Emergency Medicine Physician Impairment Physician Medical Direction of Emergency Medical Services Education Programs Physician Reporting of Potentially Impaired Drivers Point-of-Care Ultrasonography by Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians Prescription Drug Pricing Prior Authorization Procedural Sedation in the Emergency Department Protecting Emergency Physician Compensation During Contract Transitions Protection from Violence in the Emergency Department Providers of Unsupervised Emergency Department Care Providing Telephone Advice from the Emergency Department Quality Improvement Initiatives for the Care of Geriatric Patients in the Emergency Department
Alphabetical Listing (R-S) (31)
Recognition of Subspecialty Boards In Emergency Medicine Reform of Tort Law Relationship between Clinical Capabilities and Medical Equipment in the Practice of Emergency Medical Services Medicine Reporting of Vaccine-Related Adverse Events Resident Training for Practice in Non-Urban/Underserved Areas Responsibility for Admitted Patients Retail-Based Clinics Role of Poison Centers in Emergency Health Care, Preparedness and Response Role of the Emergency Physician in the Care of Trauma Patients Role of the State EMS Medical Director Safe Discharge from the Emergency Department Safer Working Conditions for Emergency Department Staff Salary and Benefits Considerations for Emergency Medical Services Professionals Scholarly Sabbatical Leave for Emergency Medicine Faculty School Bus Safety Screening for Disease and Risk Factors in the Emergency Department Screening Questions at Triage Selective Triage for Victims of Sexual Assault to Designated Exam Facilities Separation of Children from Family/Guardians Small Motorized Recreational Vehicles Social Work and Case Management in the Emergency Department Special Roles for Emergency Medical Services Professionals Specialty Hospitals Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient Staffing Models and the Role of the Emergency Department Medical Director Standardized Protocols for Optimizing Emergency Department Care Standards for Measuring and Reporting Emergency Department Wait Times State Medical Board Peer Review Support for National Disaster Medical System and Other Response Teams Support for Nursing Mothers Supporting Political Advocacy in the Emergency Department
EMS (30)
911 Caller Good Samaritan Laws A Culture of Safety in EMS Systems Access to 9-1-1 Public Safety Centers, Emergency Medical Dispatch, and Public Emergency Aid Training Advanced Automatic Crash Notification and Intelligent Transportation Systems Appropriate and Safe Utilization of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During the Pandemic Due Process for Physician Medical Directors of Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Services Interfaces with Health Care Systems Emergency Physician Overhead Handling of Hazardous Materials Human Resources Concepts Governing Physician Medical Directors of EMS Ketamine Use in Prehospital and Hospital Treatment of the Acute Trauma Patient Medical Transport Advertising, Marketing, and Brokering Military Considerations in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Out-of-Hospital Medical Direction and the Intervener Physician Patient Autonomy and Destination Factors in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and EMS-Affiliated Mobile Integrated Healthcare Community Paramedicine Programs Pediatric Readiness in Emergency Medical Services Systems Physician Medical Direction of Emergency Medical Services Education Programs Relationship between Clinical Capabilities and Medical Equipment in the Practice of Emergency Medical Services Medicine Role of the State EMS Medical Director Salary and Benefits Considerations for Emergency Medical Services Professionals Special Roles for Emergency Medical Services Professionals Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient Support for National Disaster Medical System and Other Response Teams Tactical Emergency Medical Support The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medical Services Medicine The Role of Emergency Physicians in Emergency Medical Services for Children The Role of the Physician Medical Director in Emergency Medical Services Leadership Transfer of Patient Care Between EMS Providers and Receiving Facilities Violence Prevention and Intervention in Emergency Medical Services Systems
Ethics (46)
ACEP Business Arrangements Advertising and Publicity of Emergency Medical Care Animal Use in Research Antitrust Audiovisual Recording in the Emergency Department Civil Commitment Code of Ethics for Emergency Physicians Collective Bargaining, Work Stoppages, and Slowdowns College Board Member and Officer Expert Testimony Commercial Filming of Patients in the Emergency Department Confidentiality of Patient Information Conflict of Interest Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research Cultural Awareness and Emergency Care Delivery of Care to Undocumented Persons Disclosure of Medical Errors Domestic Family Violence Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Emergency Physician Contractual Relationships Emergency Physician Rights and Responsibilities Emergency Physician Stewardship of Finite Resources Emergency Physicians' Patient Care Responsibilities Outside of the Emergency Department EMTALA and On-Call Responsibility for Emergency Department Patients Ethical Issues at the End of Life Ethical Issues of Resuscitation Ethical Use of Telemedicine in Emergency Care Expert Witness Cross-Specialty Testimony for Standard of Care Expert Witness Guidelines for the Specialty of Emergency Medicine Fictitious Patients Gifts to Emergency Physicians from Industry Guidelines for Emergency Physicians on the Interpretation of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Therapy (POLST) High-Threat Event Casualty Care Law Enforcement Information Gathering in the Emergency Department Leadership and Volunteers Conduct Policy Medical Practice Review and the Practice of Medicine Meeting Conduct Policy National Pandemic Readiness: Ethical Issues Nonbeneficial ("Futile") Emergency Medical Interventions Non-Discrimination and Harassment Observers in Emergency Medical Settings Patient- and Family-Centered Care and the Role of the Emergency Physician Providing Care to a Child in the Emergency Department Physician Reporting of Potentially Impaired Drivers Treatment of Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Self Universal Health Care Coverage Use of Patient Restraints Use of Social Media by Emergency Physicians
Hospitals (31)
Advocating for Certified Emergency Nurses (CENs) in Departments of Emergency Medicine Appropriate Interfacility Patient Transfer Availability of Hospital Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services Boarding of Admitted and Intensive Care Patients in the Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist Services in the Emergency Department Coverage for Patient Home Medication While Under Observation Status Crowding Definition of "Admit Time" Delivery of Care to Undocumented Persons Emergency Department Nurse Staffing Emergency Physician Rights and Responsibilities Emergency Physicians' Patient Care Responsibilities Outside of the Emergency Department EMTALA and On-Call Responsibility for Emergency Department Patients Food and Drink for Staff in the Emergency Department Freestanding Emergency Departments Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines Good Samaritan Protection Guidelines for Smallpox Vaccination for Health Care Workers Handling of Hazardous Materials Immunization of Adults and Children in the Emergency Department Non-Discrimination and Harassment Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Health Care Facility Staff Protection from Violence in the Emergency Department Providers of Unsupervised Emergency Department Care Responsibility for Admitted Patients Safer Working Conditions for Emergency Department Staff Social Work and Case Management in the Emergency Department Specialty Hospitals Transition of Care for Emergency Department Patients Urgent Care Centers Workforce Diversity in Health Care Settings
Practice Management - Non-Clinical (61)
2019 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine Appropriate Interfacility Patient Transfer Boarding of Admitted and Intensive Care Patients in the Emergency Department Coverage for Patient Home Medication While Under Observation Status Crowding Cultural Awareness and Emergency Care Definition of "Admit Time" Definition of an Emergency Physician Definition of an Emergency Service Definition of Boarded Patient Definition of Emergency Medicine Definition of Rural Emergency Medicine Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Emergency Department Observation Services Emergency Department Planning and Resource Guidelines Emergency Department Utilization During Outbreaks of Influenza Emergency Medicine Telehealth Emergency Medicine's Role in Organ and Tissue Donation Emergency Physician Rights and Responsibilities Emergency Physicians' Patient Care Responsibilities Outside of the Emergency Department EMTALA and On-Call Responsibility for Emergency Department Patients Ensuring Emergency Department Patient Access to Appropriate Pain Treatment External Cause of Morbidity Codes and Injury Surveillance Data Systems Food and Drink for Staff in the Emergency Department Freestanding Emergency Departments Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines Guidelines for Emergency Physicians on the Interpretation of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Therapy (POLST) Handling of Hazardous Materials Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities International Development and Promotion of Emergency Medicine Law Enforcement Information Gathering in the Emergency Department Opposition to Copays for Medicaid Beneficiaries Orders Received from Outside the Emergency Department Patient Experience of Care Surveys Patient Medical Records in the Emergency Department Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for Health Care Facility Staff Prescription Drug Pricing Procedural Sedation in the Emergency Department Protection from Violence in the Emergency Department Providers of Unsupervised Emergency Department Care Providing Telephone Advice from the Emergency Department Quality Improvement Initiatives for the Care of Geriatric Patients in the Emergency Department Responsibility for Admitted Patients Retail-Based Clinics Role of the Emergency Physician in the Care of Trauma Patients Safe Discharge from the Emergency Department Safer Working Conditions for Emergency Department Staff Screening Questions at Triage Specialty Hospitals Staffing Models and the Role of the Emergency Department Medical Director Standardized Protocols for Optimizing Emergency Department Care Standards for Measuring and Reporting Emergency Department Wait Times The Role of Emergency Physicians in the Completion of Death Certificates Transition of Care for Emergency Department Patients Triage Scale Standardization Unscheduled Procedural Sedation: A Multidisciplinary Consensus Practice Guideline Use of Nurse Implemented Order Sets Use of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Monitoring for the Management of Asthma in Adults in the Emergency Department Use of Short Courses in Emergency Medicine as Criteria for Privileging or Employment Workforce Diversity in Health Care Settings Writing Admission and Transition Orders
Public Health (41)
Alcohol Advertising Alcohol Screening in the Emergency Department Antimicrobial Stewardship Autonomous Self-Driving Vehicles Definition of an Emergency Service Definition of Rural Emergency Medicine Delivery of Care to Undocumented Persons Distracted and Impaired Driving Domestic Family Violence Drug Take-Back Programs Emergency Contraception for Women at Risk of Unintended and Preventable Pregnancy Emergency Department Utilization During Outbreaks of Influenza External Cause of Morbidity Codes and Injury Surveillance Data Systems Guidelines for Smallpox Vaccination for Health Care Workers Human Trafficking Immunization of Adults and Children in the Emergency Department Impact of Climate Change on Public Health and Implications for Emergency Medicine Management of the Patient with the Complaint of Sexual Assault Medical Neutrality Motor Vehicle Safety Naloxone Prescriptions by Emergency Physicians National Pandemic Readiness: Ethical Issues Pedestrian Injury Prevention Physician Reporting of Potentially Impaired Drivers Protection from Violence in the Emergency Department Reporting of Vaccine-Related Adverse Events Role of Poison Centers in Emergency Health Care, Preparedness and Response Safer Working Conditions for Emergency Department Staff School Bus Safety Screening for Disease and Risk Factors in the Emergency Department Selective Triage for Victims of Sexual Assault to Designated Exam Facilities Separation of Children from Family/Guardians Small Motorized Recreational Vehicles Social Work and Case Management in the Emergency Department Support for Nursing Mothers Tobacco and Nicotine Products - Public Policy Measures Trauma Care Systems Universal Bicycle Helmet Use Universal Health Care Coverage Violence-Free Society Worldwide Nuclear Disarmament

Policy Compendium

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