Reaffirmed January 2021
Revised October 2015
Reaffirmed October 2007
Revised February 2001
Reaffirmed January 1996
Originally approved October 1991
As an adjunct to this policy statement, ACEP has prepared a policy resource and education paper (PREP) titled "Evaluation and Treatment of Minors"
The medical screening,examination and treatment of an emergency medical condition of a minor in the emergency department should not be delayed because of consent issues. When clinically, legally, and ethically appropriate, adolescents independently treated in the emergency department should have their confidentiality honored.