Intro 01: Triage and Primary Survey

I didn’t like the way the first videos came out, so I re-recorded them differently here. In this one, you’ll follow a patient (me) who develops chest pain then makes the decision to come to the ER. After calling an ambulance, the patient is triaged (sorted) and then the doctor (you) assesses the primary survey and initial actions.

The next video will go over the secondary survey, assigning pretest probabilities and diagnostic testing.

Again, please feel free to comment on what works and what doesn’t.


  1. Tamara says:

    I am currently in doing my ER rotation, and I think that this is a great way to teach students! The colors and diagrams are really neat, and help make things so much clearer.

    1. Rahul says:

      Thank you for your comments. I’m still getting the hang of this method, but hope to get more out soon.

  2. Dan says:

    I didn’t realize that Circulation should be assessed first as per the 2010 ACLS guidelines. I think they were changed after we received our last ACLS instruction course. Great to go over this stuff again, and I am enjoying the mulit-colored lecture/picture format. Innovative and fun way to go over the basics. Thanks!

  3. Jenn says:

    Hi! This is the third video I’ve watched and they really are entertaining and easy to follow. However, since I realize now that I should have watched this first (and not third!), I would like to suggest that the medical student link on the right hand column (under “categories”) takes you directly to the M4 Curriculum page instead of a list of archived videos, so that the videos can be watched in an appropriate order — no big deal, but just a small suggestion for maximum user-friendliness!

    1. Rahul says:

      Great suggestion. That “category” link does it’s own thing, so I can’t really control it (or don’t know how to change it).

  4. Jeff says:

    Wonderful illustration of a very common presentation i’ve had on my ER rotation. It was a very helpful way to organize my thoughts. If I may suggest, I felt that it could be possible to combine the Primary and Secondary survey videos into the same article. I actually started out watching “How to present at patient in 3 minutes”, and I felt there was a certain degree of redundancy between these 3 videos (perhaps all 3 can be streamlined into a single video session?). Otherwise, it was a great video and seeing the similar case over was great reinforcement.

    1. Rahul Patwari says:

      Good idea, Jeff. Once I get all the main videos I want to have done, I’d like to go back and redo others to make them shorter and clearer.

  5. Ryan says:

    Now I understand WHY my attendings are asking certain questions. Thanks

  6. Nisha B. says:

    This a really helpful video and would be helpful if the 3 videos in this series would be in order and show up as the first set of videos when you look under the MS4 modules instead of having to click “previous” until you get to the beginning. I would have almost missed this series!

    1. Rahul Patwari says:

      Nisha, blogs post in reverse chronological order as a convention. It does appear in a backward fashion then. I tried to put some of the info on this page for easier use:

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