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Editor's Correspondence
July 12, 2010

The Impact of a Standardized Curriculum on Reducing Thoracentesis-Induced Pneumothorax

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida.


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Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(13):1176-1177. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.217

We are pleased to see that the findings presented in “Pneumothorax Following Thoracentesis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”1 specifically substantiate our simulation-based, blended curriculum for procedural instruction. In 2007, we implemented a comprehensive approach to teaching multiple invasive bedside procedures, among them thoracentesis. In the context of a dedicated medical procedure service, our curriculum is targeted to internal medicine house staff and implemented at a tertiary care, academic medical center with a primary affiliation with a US medical school.2

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