Revised June 2014
Originally approved October 2007
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes that the best patient care occurs when there is no ambiguity as to which physician is responsible for each patient. Because admitted patients are sometimes held in the emergency department (ED), confusion may occur when determining which physician is responsible for an admitted patient’s care. Emergency physicians may provide care to any admitted patient during a medical emergency. Emergency physicians should not be obligated to provide care during a medical emergency unless indemnified by the hospital or covered by their professional liability insurance policy.
For these reasons, ACEP endorses the following principles: