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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-D) (74)
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 ACEP Business Arrangements ACEP Recognized Certifying Bodies in Emergency Medicine 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 Alternative Methods to Vascular Access 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 Bloodborne Pathogens in Emergency Medicine Boarding of Admitted and Intensive Care Patients in the Emergency Department Boarding of Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department Care of Patients with Behavioral Health Emergencies and Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Civil Commitment Clinical Emergency Data Registry Quality Measures Clinical Guidelines Affecting Emergency Medicine Practice 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 Deferral of Care After Medical Screening of Emergency Department Patients Definition of "Admit Time" Definition of an Emergency Physician Definition of an Emergency Service Definition of Boarded Patient 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 Distracted and Impaired Driving Domestic Family Violence Due Process for Physician Medical Directors of Emergency Medical Services
Alphabetical Listing (E-O) (87)
Economic Credentialing Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Emergency Care Electronic Data Collection and Exchange Emergency Contraception for Women at Risk of Unintended and Preventable Pregnancy Emergency Department Nurse Staffing Emergency Department Observation Services Emergency Department Patient Advocate 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 Workforce Emergency Medicine's Role in Organ and Tissue Donation 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 Firearm Safety and Injury Prevention Food and Drink for Staff in the Emergency Department Freestanding Emergency Departments 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 Cost Assignment by Taxes Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities Health Care System Surge Capacity Recognition, Preparedness, and Response Health Courts Health Information Technology Health Information Technology Standards HIV Testing and Screening in the Emergency Department 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 Diagnostic Imaging Tests Interpretation of EMTALA in 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 Cannabis 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 Naloxone Prescriptions by Emergency Physicians 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 Optimizing the Treatment of Acute Pain in the Emergency Department Orders Received from Outside the Emergency Department Out-of-Hospital Medical Direction and the Intervener Physician
EMS (31)
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) Naloxone Access and Utilization for Suspected Opioid Overdoses 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 (45)
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) Law Enforcement Information Gathering in the Emergency Department Leadership and Volunteers Conduct Policy Medical Practice Review and the Practice of Medicine Meeting Conduct Policy Nonbeneficial ("Futile") Emergency Medical Interventions Non-Discrimination and Harassment Observers in Emergency Medical Settings Optimizing the Treatment of Acute Pain in the Emergency Department 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
Practice Management - Non-Clinical (69)
2019 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine Appropriate Interfacility Patient Transfer 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 Cultural Awareness and Emergency Care Deferral of Care After Medical Screening of Emergency Department Patients 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 Health Information Technology Health Information Technology Standards International Development and Promotion of Emergency Medicine Law Enforcement Information Gathering in the Emergency Department Medical Cannabis Non-Discrimination and Harassment 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 Rapid-Sequence Intubation Responsibility for Admitted Patients Retail-Based Clinics Reversal of Non-Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) in the Presence of Major Life-Threatening Bleeding Role of the Emergency Physician in the Care of Trauma Patients Safe Discharge from the Emergency Department 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 Sub-dissociative Dose Ketamine for Analgesia The Role of Emergency Physicians in the Completion of Death Certificates 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 Verification of Endotracheal Tube Placement Workforce Diversity in Health Care Settings Writing Admission and Transition Orders
Public Health (42)
Alcohol Advertising Alcohol Screening in the Emergency Department Antimicrobial Stewardship Autonomous Self-Driving Vehicles Bloodborne Pathogens in Emergency Medicine 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 Health Care Cost Assignment by Taxes HIV Testing and Screening in the Emergency Department 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 Access and Utilization for Suspected Opioid Overdoses Naloxone Prescriptions by Emergency Physicians Patient Support Services 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 School Bus Safety Selective Triage for Victims of Sexual Assault to Designated Exam Facilities Separation of Children from Family/Guardians Small Motorized Recreational Vehicles 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

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