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Blood Banking-The Need for Training and Evaluation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22324
Amount: $49,734.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1993
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
582 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs R
Fairborn, OH 45324
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gary A. Klein
 (513) 873-8166
Business Contact
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Research Institution

Blood banks have an ongoing training need and have recently been mandated by the American Association of Blood Bankers (AABB, 1991) to provide competency evaluations of its staff members. Thus, there is an immediate need to develop criteria for training and methods for evaluating the skills necessary to provide quality blood products to patients. There are many medical technology domains that require cognitive task analysis methods for identifying critical aspects of expertise for purposes of assessment and training. Because of rapid changes in technology, highly efficient knowledge assessment strategies are needed. The research will evaluate the feasibility of using a Critical Decision method (CDM) of knowledge engineering to identify and document the assessment skills and training approaches of highly proficient blood bankers. The study will then explore the feasibility of using this knowledge to build training tools and competency tests to meet the needs of blood banks. The results of this project will have direct application to blood banks as well as more widespread application to meet the training demands of medical technologists and other groups that require training.

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