Emergency Medicine Handbook

A chief complaint based handbook for diagnosing and treating patients in the ER

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.

  • Algorithm based approach to the most common complaints
  • Used by the Residents of LA County + USC emergency medicine program, one of the top emergency medicine programs in the world
  • Color coded by organ system for easy navigation
  • Extensive and up to date references to the medical literature
  • Journal club feature allows you to dive deeper into the evidence basis of your decisions
  • Peer reviewed by leaders in emergency medicine
  • Never be lost or feel overwhelmed in the ER again

About the Author

Chris C. Feier M.D., Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Keck School of Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center

I started this book during my first year of residency because I simply did not know what to do in the ER. Everything happened so fast and I was never sure what the next step was. In medical school, we were taught how to deal with diseases. But, unfortunately patients don’t arrive in the ER with a diagnosis tattooed on their forehead. This book attempts to flip our medical education around and approach the patient by how they present to us…with a chief complaint.

Written by a seasoned ER physician that works both in academics and in the community.


What others are saying

“Chris Feier’s book is really something totally new in the medical education world. This pocket sized book does something many have tried to do but few have achieved, which is to create an orienteering guide to the med-ed landscape while launching your thought processes AT THE BEDSIDE when confronted with a new undifferentiated and undiagnosed patient.”

-William “Billy” Mallon. Foreword


“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


“The Chief Complaint is simply indispensable, carry it with me every shift.  Excellent algorithms, concise, practical, clinically relevant explanations citing the current best-evidence for management decisions; without doubt Chief Complaint it is THE pocket Emergency Medicine reference to have with you at the bedside.”

-Manuel Montano, MD, PGY-3, LAC+USC EM Residency

“Chief complaint is AWESOME…I think every single intern in the country should have one of these…SO COOL!”

-James Grieme,   UCSD Resident

“The aptly named Chief Complaint is simply excellent. I really like the way it is laid out by cc and it’s concise enough to be useful on a regular basis. I take it with me to every shift and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a streamlined, functional, real-time guide for working up patients in the ED”
-Nick Aldridge, UCSD  Resident