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February 26, 2009

Connecting the iPods to the WiFi

(this message is mostly for our reference volunteers)

Hello Volunteers,

It is always a good idea to connect iPods to the WiFi before each checkouts. The connection is created in two steps:
Step One: selecting the guest network in the iPod's Settings
Step Two: loggin in to the guest network.

In most cases all our iPods already have the guest network selected in the their Settings, but sometimes this selection is lost and needs to be re-set.

To do that locate and touch the Settings icon on the one of the main screens. (It will say Settings underneath a picture of machine parts.) Next, touch the WiFi application. When you see the screen which says Wi-Fi ON, turn it off by touching the ON button. Wait for several seconds, and then turn it back ON by touching the OFF button. Once Wi-Fi is once again ON, make sure that a checkmark appears next to guest under the Choose a Network option.

After the Guest network is selected in the Settings it will be possible to log on to it throught the Web. Every time the iPod is turned off, it logs out of the guest network, this is why you need to log back on after it is turned back on again.

To do that, tap on the Safari icon. Type in a URL. You will get a message asking you accept the website certificate. Tap "Yes". Next you will the long yellow page which is the welcome page to the guest network. Scroll down until you find the text boxes at the bottom. Type in a last name and an email address and tap "Continue". You will get another page on which you will have to tap "continue" again and you are done!

Please don't hesitate to ask me or one of our iPod Squad Volunteers to help you with this or any other iPod application.

Posted by rvolk at 11:31 AM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2009

MIOSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illness report

In compliance with MIOSHA posting requirements, the MIOSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illness report (MIOSHA Form 300A) must be posted in an area accessible to employees from February 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009.

I posted the document on the Intranet at:
on the fire and safety page


Posted by rvolk at 02:32 PM | Comments (0)

February 10, 2009

Passwords changed

Please note the passwords to access the EOS catalog have been changed. Please check the Volunteers page on the Intranet to find out the passwords.

Posted by rvolk at 11:24 AM | Comments (0)

e-Books in the catalog

Dear volunteers,

Our new catalog has enabled us to catalog e-books. If you select e-book as a media when you do a search, you will find a record with a URL that connects to the e-book. So far I only cataloged a few encyclopedias, so if you search for an * and the media e-book it will bring you the list of all e-books currently in our catalog.

I hope to add more e-books in the future.


Posted by rvolk at 10:50 AM | Comments (0)

February 09, 2009

Discharge reminders

Dear volunteers,
To help the safe return of the iPods we are implementing a new step in the procedure on CVC5.

Please read the instructions on the Intranet. This is step 2 in the Instructions for inpatients' checkout - link below

discharge reminder

Posted by rvolk at 04:11 PM | Comments (0)

Checkouts to CVC5

Dear iPod Squad volunteers,

We have had a great first week with the iPods with several checked out each day. We did have one glitch which is that one of the iPods was lost. This happened on CVC5 - the patient gave the iPod to a tech on the floor and the tech did not put it in the drop box.

This incident demonstrates how important it is to explain to users exactly how to return the iPods.

On CVC5 please make sure that you review the two options to return the iPods which are described in detail on the back side of the checkout sheet. It is not enough to show them the instructions: please review with them verbally the two options:
1. return the iPod to the volunteer who will visit the floor the next day
2. drop off the iPod in the drop-box located in the CVC5 lobby.

Next use this sentence: we ask that you do not ask a staff member to return the iPod. The safest way to avoid problems is to drop if off in the drop box.

Posted by rvolk at 03:56 PM | Comments (0)

February 05, 2009

Checkouts to patients on 2A

Dear volunteer,

We have worked out a plan with the staff on 2A to check out iPods to patients who stay there overnight for observation. 2A is where patients undergo angioplasty procedures. Sometimes the clinicians decide to keep these patients overnight for observation. In almost all cases, patients will be discharged home the next day sometime around noon.

We will let these patients check out an iPod to use while they are there. Since decisions about staying are usually made in the afternoon hours we may get a call from 2A patients in the afternoon asking for an iPod to keep overnight.

Even though these are inpatients, we will still require a driver's license from patients on 2A.

When they call, please ask if a family member can come down with their driver's license to check out the iPod. If a family member/ caregiver is not available, we will bring it upstairs.

At checkout please explain to the user's that they need to come by the Wellness Resoruce Center before they leave to return the iPod and get their driver's license back.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Posted by rvolk at 09:14 AM | Comments (0)