crypto wrote:This thread has illustrated one of my pet peeves about the ZS forums, and the First Aid forum in particular:
Here is what happens in a nutshelll, all the time:
Person one: "Hey I'm preparing for disasters that might mean my doctor and walgreens/CVS are unavailable what should I do to learn about and stock (insert medical thing here)"
Persons two, three, four: "OH NO SEE IM A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL AND THAT SHIT IS SIMPLY TOO HARD FOR YOU TO COMPREHEND YOU HAVE TO DO THE TRAINING LIKE I DID TO UNDERSTAND IT".
I think that is pure B.S., and counter to the spirit of trying to get people to prepare. Whether its a layman wanting to know how to run an IV or insert an OPA/NPA, or someone wanting to know what antibiotics to have on hand (hint: they're all in the fish supplies aisle at the petco/petsmart), or what-have-you.
We are preparing for a time when we cannot get to you, and cannot benefit from your specialized training, and need to do something on our own other than curl up and die. Sorry if it offends you that we'd want to do that, but stop acting like a secret guild. "Do no harm" doesn't count if you just tell someone how they might hurt themselves.
What would make it easier, at least for me, is if you would study some on your own then ask questions about what you are learning. I don't know where to start on the answer if I don't know what you currently know. If you notice, I usually give references and ask questions. That is what I do with my students. I rarely give them an answer. I lead them to the answer. They remember better that way. Look up what I ask then ask some more questions.
I really want to help, but I can not spoon feed you an education. I do not even do that with my students and residents. Study some of the references given then come and ask for more. I think some of us here will be glad to help you.
Here are some government guidelines for antibiotic therapy.
http://guidelines.gov/search/search.asp ... ntibiotics