Following from yesterdays post how to add flash cards to you smartphone – here the second part how to add you guidelines/protocols and how to keep everything neat and tidy. Same equipment used as last time.
1. Get an electronic copy of you guidelines/protocols.My service has them on the staff intranet, many services make them freely available online (a few here), and some…
…I guess you’ll have begin harassing your boss, or just start typing (hey, it’s a good way to process and learn the stuff!)
2. For easier access in stressful situations (i.e. on the way to an emergency), I have taken out the most important pages of my guidelines, and made individual PDF documents. In this instance, I am making a single PDF for Epipens (n.b.: we don’t carry Epipens, it’s from the volunteer guidelines. Email me for clarification.
3. Highlight the page you want to single out on the right hand sidebar
4. Open a Finder window
5. Drag the highlighted page to the finder window. It will appear as the filename with the name appendage ‘(dragged)’
For ease of overview, I have all drugs as slideshow flashcards for learning purposes in a flashcard folder, plus all my individual drugs and guidelines in a PDF folder for quick reference on the way to a job. Here’s how to sort it nicely:
1. On you iPhone/iPod Touch, go in to iBooks. Tap on the ‘Books’ button, top middle (in the below screenshot it says ‘Flash Cards’. You will get the ‘Collections’ menu. Tap ‘New’, and add the collections you want. I have my guidelines in ‘PDFs’, and my flash cards in ‘Flash Cards’, as you can see. Tap ‘Done’.
2. You will have a bunch of files in your folder. Tap the top left button ‘Edit’ – this is the screen you will see:
3. Mark all the ones you want to move to a specific category. In this instance, I will be moving Amiodarone, Aspirin, Cophenylcaine and Fentanyl to the ‘PDFs’ category.
4. Tap to select your category, and tap ‘Done’.
5. All my Flash Cards are in the Flash Cards category. To change to my PDFs category, just tap the top middle button.
No excuse not to have all your guidelines/protocols in your pocket anymore!
Hope it helps, and that it wasn’t too difficult.. As always, any questions at all feel free to email me.