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Colloid infusion in the trauma patient

Tarbash Chaputi tarbashchaputi at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 24 18:15:47 BST 2005

Outstanding Pret.

"Bjorn, Pret" <pbjorn at emh.org> wrote:-----Original Message-----
From: oded private [mailto:tangentcarrot at hotmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 10:14 AM
To: trauma-list at trauma.org
Subject: RE: Colloid infusion in the trauma patient

"...Moreover, I believe that if you have had the chance of having such a new

trainee asking a question that is truely an exception to what he has to 
know, you too think that just telling him "there is no need for you to know 
that" is not the best answer, don't you think?"

The short answer is, "For a great heap of good reasons, colloids are beyond
the scope of Basic EMT training." 

If your inquisitive student probes further, answer him directly without
encouraging the diversion: "They're not commonly used in acute trauma,
certainly not in the prehospital phase."

More questions? Try honesty: "I really don't know, and truly never needed

Or turn it into the student's own fruitless pet project: "Maybe you'd like
to Google it on your own time. Let us know what you find."

Part of teaching adult learners is knowing when you're being pulled around
by a student who's question is intended not to elicit a useful dialogue, but
rather to suggest that he has special knowledge or intuition (one or both
of) you don't. His questions become arguments, challenging your topic
authority and distracting the group's goals. It's harmful to your class,
and reflects poorly on your teaching skills.

Hope that helps. Bottom line is, colloids aren't used in trauma, and I
don't know much about them. Maybe you'd like to Google it, and let us know
what you find.

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