Site Search
Trauma-List Subscription


Would you like to receive list emails batched into one daily digest?
No Yes
Modify Your Subscription


Home > List Archives

Colloid infusion in the trauma patient

oded private tangentcarrot at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 24 20:11:39 BST 2005

I think that some clarifying needs to be done-

I wasn't the one who teaching that class- I was present there as a viewer, 
in order to write down comments regarding the contents taught.
It's a class in which the trainees are initially exposed to concepts behind 
fluid resuscitation, and are told that there are crystalloids (under their 
authority to administer) and colloids (which they are clearly not allowed to 
administer). They are explained superficially about the mechanism behind 
their therapeutic action, and it provoked some question (that didn't 
actually regarded their current use in the trauma world). I did have the 
answers to these questions, and I gave them to their instructor later. 
Following this, I have decided to make my own research- for the knowledge to 
be there, not to be given in class (unless someone asks, then any instructor 
that doesn't have an answer could come to me and ask). Frankly, I found 
virtually nothing in the trauma literature, so I asked you guys. I'm not 
going to teach that to the medics, but if anyone asks, I'd like to be able 
to answer him.

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

Actually, I find it to be a respectful answer. But if I give it to someone, 
I like to then go find the answer, and give it to him if he's still 

>From: "Bjorn, Pret" <pbjorn at emh.org>
>Reply-To: Trauma & Critical Care mailing list <trauma-list at trauma.org>
>To: "'Trauma & Critical Care mailing list'" <trauma-list at trauma.org>
>Subject: RE: Colloid infusion in the trauma patient
>Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 12:58:28 -0400
>-----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 
>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, 
>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.
>trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG
>To change your settings or unsubscribe visit:

FREE pop-up blocking with the new MSN Toolbar - get it now! 

More information about the trauma-list mailing list