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September 24, 2009

Flu shots

Influenza Program (UMHS)

UMHS volunteers and employees are encouraged to get the flu vaccine early for protection for the entire season. We should not endanger our vulnerable patients by exposing them to flu virus while they receive care from us. There is no charge for flu shots for UMHS employees and volunteers. Below is the current schedule for October.

Flu clinics held at UMHS:
October 23 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Dining Rooms A & B
October 28 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CVC, room 4317
October 29 9:30 am - 1:00 pm Cancer Center, room B1286

More flu clinics and information about the flu will be added as the season progresses, so please check the Influenza Program website for updates.

H1N1 Flu Shots:
When the H1N1 flu shot becomes available, OHS will offer vaccination for this as well. More information about H1N1 vaccine, supply and opportunities for vaccination should be known in early October, so please check back to see what additional information has been posted on the Influenza Program website.

Influenza Program (UMHS)

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September 22, 2009

Books for Patients

Hello Volunteers:

I have a limited quantity of the following books that you may offer visitors to the PERC. (These books are stored inside the display cabitnet located outside the PERC.)

100 Questions & Answers About Advanced Metastatic Breast Cancer
100 Questions & Answers About Gastric Cancer
100 Questions & Answers About Head and Neck Cancer

Also, I no longer have any complementary copies of Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book. I will let you know if I receive any additional copies in the future. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks again for your help!


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When to Stay Home

This message is for both PERC Staff and iPod Squad Volunteers.

Hello Volunteers:

Please review the following University Policy regarding when you should stay home and when it is okay to come in and perform your duties.

It’s important to take care of yourself, recover and protect others from unnecessary exposure to the flu. If you have a fever of 100.4 F or greater, plus a cough or sore throat and possibly other symptoms like chills, body aches or vomiting, you should notify your supervisor that you are ill and stay home. For most, this means staying home until the fever is gone for at least 24 hours.

Please let me know if you need additional clarification. Stay Well!


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September 21, 2009

Patient Give-Aways

Hello Volunteers.

As you know, we often receive special items in the PERC that we are able to offer our patrons. From time to time the items change. Listed below are the items we currently have available to offer PERC visitors.

Now I Live Strong - Survivorship Notebook from the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation

Memory Maker Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

I Survived Cancer But Never Won the Tour de France by Jim Chastain -- This book, written by a young man facing cancer, gives a unique perspective on living with cancer; it is at times funny, poignant and enlightening.

These items are stocked inside the display cabinet (located outside the PERC). I have an additional supply of these items at the MedInn, so please do not hesitate to offer these items to patients that you feel would benefit from them.


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September 11, 2009

In-Patient Procedure Change

Hello iPod Squad Volunteers:

We have revised the procedure for servicing the In-Patient floors. Click on the link below to review the procedure, paying particular attention to the revised Step 3. #When you arrive at the floor . . . "


If you have any questions regarding this revised procedure, please let me know. Again, thank you for your commitment to the Sight & Sound Program!

Have a great fall term!


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September 02, 2009

Yoga Classes

Hello Volunteers:

Please be aware that the Yoga classes offered through the U-M Cancer Cancer Patient and Family Support Services have been indefinitely cancelled.

Until a new location can be found to accommodate the classes, you may refer patients to The Wellness Community where Yoga classes are scheduled on Thursdays in September and October from 11:00am - 12:15pm. For more information, patients can call 734-975-2500 or visit The Wellness Community site at www.thewellnesscommunity.org/semich.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you.


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September 01, 2009

Cleaning and Charging iPods

This entry is for both iPod and Staff Volunteers.

Hello Volunteers:

The Sight and Sound Program has really taken off! The number of iPods being checked out by both Out- and In-Patients continues to increase; I am sure this is due in no small part to all your efforts. Thank you!

With this increase in checkouts, it is very important that all the steps be followed when cleaning and charging iPods. Recently, I noticed a number of iPods that did not have the earbud covers in place; instead, they were laying inside the bag with the iPod.

Please make sure that the earbud covers are properly in place when the iPod is placed in the CLEAN drawer for charging. Our visitors do not always have time to wait while the covers are put in place; in addition, they should not be put in a position to have to put the covers on themselves!

Also, when placing the iPod in the plastic bags, please ensure that the charging end of the iPod is located near the opening and that the inventory loop is completely inside the bag. The iPod CLEAN Drawer is not very large and with as many as six iPods being charged at a time, these few extra steps will help keep the iPods from being tangled and improperly charged.

Again, thank you for all your help. --Lori

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