remember in the ED your are there to address current life threatening events/problems. Example, back pain you need to know how long, any tingling numbness, and any bowel bladder issues. Then the rest is up to the MD. Maybe I over simplified it some may say. But you don't really need to do a cardiac or resp assessment on this pt. just GSC, musculoskeletal and minimal neuro by the questions you ask. Ask questions while getting the vs.