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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0049
Agency Tracking Number: A2-3990
Amount: $729,962.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-179
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ryan Kilgore
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 rkilgore@cra.com
Business Contact
 Ninos Hanna
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: 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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