American Academy of Emergency Medicine

AAEM Announces New Position Statement on Medical Scribes in the Emergency Department

September 4, 2014

Contact: Laura Burns
Communications Manager

MILWAUKEE — The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) announces a new position statement approved at the August meeting of the board of directors.

Position Statement on Medical Scribes
Medical scribes should be considered ancillary staff members employed to assist the emergency physician with data entry and documentation requirements. Their function should be to free the emergency physician to focus on clinical duties. 

All information entered or generated in a health care record by a medical scribe should be reviewed for accuracy by the treating emergency medicine physician. The documentation generated by a medical scribe is by necessity an accurate reflection of the encounter between the emergency medicine physician and the patient. 

Medical scribes should be prohibited from taking liberties with documenting from their own perspective. The medical scribe duties should not include independent interaction with a patient, order entry or selection of discharge plans or documents.

Read all AAEM position statements at: http://www.aaem.org/em-resources/position-statements/2014.


 The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society in emergency medicine             today. As an organization, AAEM believes achievement of board certification represents the only acceptable method of attaining recognition as a specialist in emergency medicine.

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