- Year: 2015
- Page Number: 220
- File Type: PDF
- File Size: 6.53 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Dr Chris Ciprian Feier
How would you like to walk in the ER confident that you knew what to do, no matter what comes through the door? The Chief Complaint uses an algorithmic approach to over 50 of the most common complaints encountered in the ER. Never feel lost or overwhelmed again, not knowing what the next step in the work-up is. Not sure what tests to order or if the patient can go home? The Chief Complaint helps you answer all those questions and more.
Chris C. Feier M.D., Pharm.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center. He received his PharmD at the USC School of Pharmacy and his MD from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern. He then went on to train with some of the best emergency medicine physicians in the world at the prestigous LA County + USC emergency medicine program, which is also one of the largest and oldest emergency medicine programs in the country. He started writing the “USC Survival Guide” while in residency for himself and other residents. It has since gained in popularity and for the first time is available publicly as “The Chief Complaint.”
This book is targeted at emergency physicians, but I strongly suspect that it will be of great use to paramedics and RNs as well. As a paramedic and EMS educator, I have found the book to be an indispensable guide to those first few steps of patient care for a diverse range of complaints. The well-educated paramedic will find “The Chief Complaint” to be an invaluable reference, something to be studied in addition to protocols. It is helpful and enlightening to know what the emergency department personnel are going to do with the patient once we have handed them over, and to determine which tests and interventions could (and should) have been performed in the field. High recommended.
“The book is really top notch. I really like how it organizes complaints in a flow pattern type way. This has allowed me to quickly adjust my decision making and makes it actually useful when I feel super pressured at work. The further detail located later has been helpful to one, get some good initial learning in and two, look to the resources cited for more in depth discussion.”
-David Benaron, UCSD Resident
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