Apparently my posting has been interpreted as a personal insult by a member of the site. I would like to point out that it is split into three paragraphs - which since they deal with different issues could have been put in three seperate postings - but I chose to include them in one.
P1) Col made a good point and I think sharing information and being able to ask questions are an important part of the EBME site. This should be encouraged and the people who have the courage to ask shouldn't be ridiculed.
P2) This is aimed at the people who ask the questions, not at anyone who has taken the time and trouble to reply ! Asking questions when your not sure is far safer than blundering on in ignorance. Some people see admitting you don't know as a weaknes - but it can take courage to ask what you know is probably a basic question. This forum should provide a simple route to a wide range of information - and opinion.
P3) Sometimes people ask questions you wish you had asked - because you realise you don't know the answer either - and the replies can be enlightening even if you believed you did understand the issue.
Keep the questions coming - and the discussion that usually follows. We can all learn from one another and hopefully that knowledge will make our hospitals a safer place and keep our equipment working for longer. The medical equipment that is