Clinical Guidelines Affecting Emergency Medicine Practice

Revised February 2020, January 2014 with current title

Reaffirmed October 2007

Originally approved July 2001 titled "Voluntary Guidelines for Emergency Medicine Practice"


The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes that emergency medicine should provide the highest quality of patient care and service based on current research and available resources. Various organizations, including medical societies, governmental agencies, and insurance entities, routinely develop and disseminate clinical practice guidelines that may impact patient care practices. If adopted, guidelines affecting emergency medicine practice should supplement and enhance patient care and be implemented with emergency physician oversight. Clinical practice guidelines do not represent the standard of care in emergency medicine.


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