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Clinical Pathways promote evidence based, safe, and high-value care for patients by providing clinical recommendations and standard processes. They are developed by multidisciplinary committees of subject matter experts, informed by methodical review of available evidence and consensus among committee members. 

The Emergency Contraception Synopsis provides a high-level overview of the care standards employed for this Clinical Pathway.

Algorithms associated with this Clinical Pathway:

Additional tools associated with this Clinical Pathway:

Inclusion and exclusion criteria for this Clinical Pathway: 


    • Adolescents at risk for unintended pregnancy


    • If > 120 hours (5 days) since unprotected sexual intercourse, inadequately protected sexual intercourse, or sexual assault.

Committee members and reviewers involved in the development:

  • Abbey Masonbrink, MD, MPH | Hospital Medicine | Committee Chair
  • Lisa Post-Jones, MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-P | SANE Program | Reviewer
  • Jeanette Higgins, RN, MSN, CPNP | Gynecology | Reviewer 
  • Diane Petrie, FNP-BC, AAHIVS, CPN | Infectious Diseases | Reviewer
  • Amanda Nedved, MD | Urgent Care | Reviewer
  • Gladesia Tolbert, DNP, CPNP, PMHS | General Academic Pediatrics/Primary Care Clinic | Reviewer
  • Alaina Burns, Pharm.D., BCPPS | Pharmacy | Reviewer
  • Melissa Smith, APRN | Emergency Department | Reviewer
  • Katie Stangler, RN, MSN, APRN, CPNP, CCRN | Emergency Department | Reviewer
  • Andrea Nos, MD | Adolescent Medicine| Reviewer
  • Jennifer Hansen, MD | SANE Program| Reviewer
  • Rachel Neihart, LCSW, LSCSW | Inpatient Care Management| Reviewer

EBP Committee Members:

  • Kathleen Berg, MD, FAAP | Hospitalist, Evidence Based Practice
  • Andrea Melanson, OTD, OTR/L | Evidence Based Practice
  • Kelli Ott, OTD, OTR/L | Evidence Based Practice

Publication dates:

  • Finalized date: 01/2023
  • Next expected revision date: 01/2026

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This care process model does not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different, and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare care process models for each. Accordingly, this care process model should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.