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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
    [email protected]
  • 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)

CGC Guidelines – Adult

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


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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