How eLearning is Utilized to Help Donation Professionals Conduct the Donor Physical Assessment (DPA)

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BackgroundIn an effort to provide just-in-time training of “Conducting the Donor Physical Assessment,” an international training institute for donation professionals developed a comprehensive eLearning series. Consisting of four distinct modules (approximately 20 minutes each), the online series provides a step-by-step overview of how to perform the hands-on exam, the rationale for performance standards, the importance of correlating all findings, and the role communication and documentation play in ensuring the safe transplantation of all organs and tissues.AimRecognizing that its training audience is increasingly digital-native, the institute offers eLearning—a tool that provides anywhere, anytime instruction over the web—to augment traditional “Conducting the Donor Physical Assessment” classroom-based models.Materials and MethodTo maximize learner engagement, instruction is provided through text, audio, and video. Knowledge checks and a final assessment are used to gauge comprehension, with results documented in a learning management system.ResultsIn 2015-2016, a US-based, mid-western Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) began implementing the eLearning series. In total, there were 62 learners. To date, 61 learners completed the program; all passed their assessments; and all received 1.25 CEU (AATB)/1.0 (ABTC) credits.ConclusionIn addition to the inherent benefits of providing on-demand training and the ability for learners to revisit training topics on an ongoing, as-needed basis, the “Conducting the Donor Physical Assessment Interview” eLearning series offers problem-solving opportunities in a multi-media environment to help learners retain content and produce results.

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