Dr. Joshua D. Lenchus Receives Additional Funding to Continue Patient Safety Research

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., associate professor of medicine and anesthesiology and associate director of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, received a $750,000 grant from the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (FMMJUA) for a two-year study titled “Minimizing Iatrogenic Procedural Complications: Reducing Thoracentesis-Induced Pneumothorax Incidence.”

This funding follows Lenchus’s previous award in 2010 of $600,000 from the FMMJUA for “A Safer Approach to Central Venous Catheter Insertion: The Four Pillars of Standardized Training.” Both of these grants provide support for programs in patient safety as well as essential training in invasive procedures for residents.

The objective of the first grant was to show that a simulation-based procedure training program would lead to a decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections. The data from this intervention, coupled with hospital-wide infection prevention practices, showed that this type of preventable complication was indeed reduced.

Regarding the 2014 award, Lenchus said, “We are applying the same educational model that was successful in reducing central line infections to reduce rates of pneumothorax. We are enthusiastic about expanding the program and anticipate a positive outcome, improving patient safe practice.”

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