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

EMS (23)
A Culture of Safety in EMS Systems Access to 9-1-1 Public Safety Centers, Emergency Medical Dispatch, and Public Emergency Aid Training Appropriate and Safe Utilization of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Due Process for Physician Medical Directors of Emergency Medical Services Emergency Medical Services Interfaces with Health Care Systems Handling of Hazardous Materials Human Resources Concepts Governing Physician Medical Directors of EMS 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 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 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
Ethics (42)
ACEP Business Arrangements Advertising and Publicity of Emergency Medical Care Animal Use in Research Antitrust 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 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 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 Recording Devices in the Emergency Department Universal Health Care Coverage Use of Patient Restraints Use of Social Media by Emergency Physicians
Practice Management (66)
2016 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine Alternative Methods to Vascular Access in the Emergency Department Appropriate Interfacility Patient Transfer Bloodborne Pathogens in Emergency Medicine Boarding of Admitted and Intensive Care Patients in the Emergency Department Clinical Guidelines Affecting Emergency Medicine Practice 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 Telemedicine 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 Freestanding Emergency Departments Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines 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 Interpretation of Diagnostic Imaging Tests Mechanical Ventilation Non-Discrimination and Harassment 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 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 Screening Questions at Triage Specialty Hospitals Standardized Protocols for Optimizing Emergency Department Care Standards for Measuring and Reporting Emergency Department Wait Times Sub-dissociative Dose Ketamine for Analgesia Triage Scale Standardization 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 (35)
Alcohol Advertising Alcohol Screening in the Emergency Department 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 Motor Vehicle Safety Naloxone Prescriptions by Emergency Physicians Patient Support Services Pedestrian Injury Prevention Physician Reporting of Potentially Impaired Drivers Protection from Violence in the Emergency Department 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 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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