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Clinical Guidelines

scissorsThis area contains clinical guidelines developed by IAEM Clinical Guidelines Committee (CGC). This committee was established in 2014 to meet the increasing need for high quality, evidence-based Emergency Department (ED)-specific clinical guidelines in Ireland. It’s main objective is to improve the quality and safety of ED patient care in Ireland.

The current membership of the committee is:

  • Dr Karen Harris (Chair), Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Sligo University Hospital
  • Dr Termizi Hassan (Vice Chair), Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Hermitage Medical Clinic, Dublin
  • Dr Nigel Salter, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin
  • Dr Áine Mitchell, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Sligo University Hospital
  • Dr Laura Heffernan (Trainee representative), Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
  • Prof Conor Deasy, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital
  • Dr Victoria Meighan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin
  • Dr John Cronin, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin
  • Dr Carol Blackburn, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, OLCHC, Dublin
  • Dr Laura Melody, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, OLCHC, Dublin
  • Dr Aileen McCabe, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin


Trauma Teams: IAEM Trauma Team Position Paper (November 2020)

IAEM Guidelines

CGC Guidelines – Adult

Clinical Guideline Status
Management of Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Suspected Lower Limb Deep Vein Thrombosis Published August 2021
Emergency Department Management of Blunt Chest Wall Injuries Published August 2021
Management of Patients with Acute Epididymo-orchitis in the Emergency Department Published April 2021
End of Life Care in the Emergency Department
Published July 2020
Emergency Intubation Guideline Updated July 2020
COVID-19 Guideline Published March 2020
Ultrasound guided serratus anterior plane block for the management of rib fractures Published February 2020
Management of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome in the Emergency Department Published October 2019
Management of syncope in the Emergency Department Published April 2019
Thromboprophylaxis in Lower Limb Immobilisation Published April 2019
Acute Thoracic Aortic Dissection Published February 2019
Management of Patients with Tension Pneumothorax in the Emergency Department Published January 2019
Fascia Iliaca Compartment Block for Proximal Femur Fracture Published November 2018
Traumadoc Published October 2018
Management of Patients with Suspected Hip Fracture in the Emergency Department Published September 2018
Bite Wound Management Published November 2016
The Use of Tranexamic Acid in Trauma Patients Published December 2015

Revised February 2021

Emergency Department Management of Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) Published June 2014
Emergency Department Management of Renal Colic and Suspected Renal Calculus Published May 2014
Emergency Department Analgesia in Adults Published July 2013

CGC Guidelines – Paediatric

Clinical Guideline Status
Emergency Management of Children Presenting with Acute Onset Torticollis Published April 2021
Paediatric Cervical Lymphadenopathy Published February 2021
Management of Drowning in Children Published December 2020
Pain Management in Paediatric Emergency Care Published August 2020
Bronchiolitis Published November 2018
HHFNC in Bronchiolitis Published October 2018
Foreign Bodies: The Emergency Department Management of Inhaled and Inserted Objects in Children Published October 2018
Paediatric Syncope Published August 2018
Henoch Schonlein Purpura Published March 2018
Management of Laryngomalacia Published November 2016
Laundry detergent capsule ingestion Published November 2016
Management of Vulvovaginitis Published November 2016

International Guidance

Geriatric Emergency Medicine Care


While IAEM takes every care to compile accurate information and to keep it up-to-date, we cannot guarantee its absolute correctness and completeness. The information provided on this website does not constitute business, medical or other professional advice and is subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information or guidance. IAEM recognises that patients, their situations, Emergency Departments and staff all vary. These guidelines cannot cover all clinical scenarios. The ultimate responsibility for the interpretation and application of these guidelines, the use of current information and a patient’s overall care and wellbeing resides with the treating clinician.

IAEM Clinical Guidelines Committee (CGC) – Terms of Reference

    1. Apply agreed IAEM criteria for quality assurance of ED clinical guidelines in Ireland
    2. Disseminate a template on how ED clinical guideline development should be structured, and with what methodology it should be pursued
    3. Recommend non-IAEM ED clinical guidelines that have been quality assured against agreed IAEM criteria
    4. Ensure the timely update of published IAEM clinical guidelines based on the best available current evidence
    5. Facilitate with other agencies the dissemination of endorsed guidelines to front-line ED staff in an appropriate format
    6. Report periodically to IAEM Executive on the development of new clinical guidelines, updating of published guidelines and implementation of endorsed guidelines

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