Pictorial Representations of Medical Procedures to Train for Effective Recall (PROMPTER)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$729,962.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W81XWH-09-C-0049
Award Id:
92029
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-3990
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-179
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115243701
Principal Investigator:
Ryan Kilgore
Senior Scientist
(617) 491-3474
rkilgore@cra.com
Business Contact:
Ninos Hanna
Contract Specialist
(617) 491-3474
nhanna@cra.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Improved first-aid training tools and rehearsal methodologies based on visual learning and recall could significantly reduce battlefield fatalities. To support visual learning of first-aid skills, we executed a Phase I effort to design Pictorial Representations of Medical Procedures to Train for Effective Recall (PROMPTER). Based on this successful proof-of-concept effort, we propose a development and evaluation effort focused on four major components. First, we will design an intuitive, standardized symbology for the individual first-aid task and subtasks that comprise the complex emergency first-aid skills of the Soldiers Manual of Common Tasks, Warrior Skills, Level 1 (STP 21-1-SMCT). Second, we will incorporate sets of these first-aid symbols within a pictorial mnemonic framework to visually represent each of the seventeen procedures in STP-21-SMCT. Third, we will design and demonstrate adaptive, microgame-based training methods that leverage these pictorial mnemonic training materials. These microgames will present tasks and challenges relevant to procedural skill acquisition and retention, using engaging game play mechanisms that are continually tailored to individual Soldiers evolving training needs. Fourth, we will conduct formal evaluations to assess both the usability of PROMPTER visual training materials as well as their effectiveness in enhancing procedural skill acquisition and retention over time.

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