Question: Suppose I want to put hospital Policy & Procedure documents on my PDA.....

  1. 1. Is it a good idea?
    2. Is it possible without hours of hassle?
    3. Will it use up too much space?
    4. What's the best way to do that?

    I have a Lifedrive.
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  3. by   Larry77
    You probably would have to type it up but it wouldn't take up much space as an Ebook. It could be done, is it a hassle, I vote yes.
  4. by   midcom
    Do you have this already as a Word document or a PDF file? If so, it's very easy to put them onto the Lifedrive. It won't take much space at all. I have several of Skyscapes programs installed & I still have most of the space left.

    You can install from your installation CD a program called Documents to Go that will open Word, Excel, & Powerpoint & Adobe has a free reader just for PDAs. It might be on the CD also.
  5. by   UM Review RN
    Nope, I have only the paper copies. Way too much typing to retype them all.

    I could scan them into my computer, then transfer them, I suppose, but I don't want to use a lot of memory.

    If I did that, would they be treated like a photo or a word document?
  6. by   midcom
    Well, you could scan them & if you have the OCR program that comes with most scanners they could be saved as a Word document. However, in my experience those programs don't work very good. You'll have to carefully read through the document & make changes as they don't always recognize the letters & translate them correctly. It can be a real pain.
    You could scan them & save as JPGs but I doubt if you'll be able to read them on your PDA. The print will be too small.
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from angie o'plasty, rn
    1. is it a good idea?
    2. is it possible without hours of hassle?
    3. will it use up too much space?
    4. what's the best way to do that?

    i have a lifedrive.
    it's a great idea, and not that difficult. scan them in using your scanner or all-in-one printer. put the scanned data into a word document, and synch that to your palm with docs 2 go.

    if your hospital has all that stuff online, it's even easier. either download it to your desktop and copy/paste it into a word document or pdf file and sych that to your palm, or download it directly to your palm.

    good luck!
  8. by   Cosper123
    Ack! don't type it all out...

    Check your hospital's website, they probably have it in digital format on there. Cut and paste to a Word document if you have to.

    If it's not there, ask your supervisor or better yet...HR. Somewhere there's a copy of the Policy and Procedures in digital format, just do a bit of sure beats typing it all up (especially since someone already did in the first place hehe)

    good luck!