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Old October 15th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Nurse needs a hand washing app for my job at work

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I got my new phone and really love it, a samsung 4G infuse android. I needed a new phone for work. I also found out that I have to be able to monitor hand hygiene and hand washing and compile the information to turn in monthly as part of my new job responsibilities. Help. The only app I have found is the "I-Scrub Lite" for I-phones and nothing for droids.

I have written the University that made the i-scrub original app and they have no plans to make one for androids. I have even written the CDC who wrote about it on their site.

Does anyone have a simular app or know a link to anyone who has made one like it in beta? I can't take the new phone back. And I love this android and really would not want to exchange it. I love the features.

Does anyone know how to make an app? Thank anyone and everyone in advance.

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Old October 16th, 2011, 07:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't really know what is involved in monitoring handwashing compliance, but could you perhaps set up an Excel-compatible spreadsheet in Docs to Go (I think QuickOffice works too, never tried it)?
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Old October 16th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for answering, and I do have an excel spreadsheet at work to use to compile the information. The problem is that I have to carry around pieces of paper and observe whether someone did or should have performed hand hygiene and what area of healthcare they work in. I have to perform at least 100 observations a month and in addition to all the other things I carry one more thing really "is" a lot.

It doesn't seem like a big deal but when you consider all the multi-tasking already in process it becomes a task near the bottom of my priority list, patient care is always a higher priority even if it is just getting a pillow or a pain pill. The app for i-phone has all that listed within the program and you just tap who what when and where pretty much which would be such a time saver.

I will keep trying to think of a way that gets the main task done and yet doesn't add more to my actual hands on care. Thank you for taking the time to input though. I appreciate any ideas and help I can get.
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I do have an excel spreadsheet at work to use to compile the information.
Won't Docs-to-Go let you open and edit Excel spreadsheets on an Android phone? If that works you would only have to install a small 'cloud'. Something like free DropBox (2,5GB), SugarSync (5,5GB), or Minus (11GB) on your phone and on your PC and stick the spreadsheet in there to sync it to both devices.
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Short of a specific app, you might want to try setting up a spreadsheet in Google Docs, creating a form for it, and placing a bookmark to the form on your home screen. When preparing the form you can create lists of valid responses for each field, and then when completing the form on the phone, choose one of the pre-determined responses for each field and submit the form.
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Confused I am going to try the docs-to-go

Thank you both. I am downloading Docs-to-go as I type. I do not have anything to sync my android to my PC and I am wondering if it would allow me to mail it to my cell phone and open that way?

Second will there be a way to open the excel file and then note a yes or no on it? I guess what I mean is, is there a way once the page opens that I can make a note about a discipline (such as nurse/MD/dietary staff) and then a yes or no response or will that have to be designed into the format of my excel file?

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I keep trying to upload a sample of the spreadsheet excel file and the error message keeps saying it cannot upload as it is an invalid file. I even tried to change at least one page of it to a word format to give an idea and it gave the same invalid message. Anyone have an idea what I can try next? Thanks in advance.
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Sorry. not able to offer any additional help, but just wanted to say that that's an amazing amount of bureaucracy and seems a total waste of a highly trained professionals time. Crazy times we live in.
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Download a drop box to both the phone and the computer. It will sync it automatically. You can pretty much do anything you want with an excel spread sheet. I am using the full version of Documents to Go, but I don't use their sync feature, since it requires you to hook up the phone to the computer. Olive office is free. I use drop box or google docs as cloud based storage.
You can easily just enter a y or n (make it easier on yourself you don't need the whole word). Just make sure the cell is not formatted a numbers only type of field.
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FireWolf, did you download the free version of Doc-to-go? You won't have much of a write edit if you do.

Do you have an Amazon account? The Amazon app store is giving away (free) Quickoffice Pro today at their app store: Amazon.com: Quickoffice Pro: Appstore for Android Hopefully you can take advantage of the deal
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To everyone who has helped, specially the one who actually designed the Germ Patrol app, it works perfectly and has increased my ability to monitor hand hygiene compliance in the least stressful or obvious way. It works great on my android and has not failed me once when mailing the document to myself to include in the quality folders for work. Thank you to the Forum as well for having peers who have talent while some of us only have ideas. LOL.
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