A good pilot to navigate troubled waters

A good pilot to navigate troubled waters The costs involved with the management of patients with a proximal femoral fracture are placing a huge financial stress on public health systems around the globe. In the UK alone, it has been estimated that proximal femoral fractures cost the NHS over £1.1 billion (US$1.5 billion, €1.2 billion) per annum . Short of any seismic shifts in the incidence of hip fractures or the cost of providing care, this financial burden is only likely to increase with the ageing population. In the meantime, any measures that can reduce the incidence of complications associated with the peri‐operative management of this patient population may have a significant beneficial impact on both the financial and human costs of caring for them. To this end, Canty et al. ought to be congratulated for conducting such a rigorous pilot study on the impact of pre‐operative focused cardiac ultrasound on the morbidity and mortality of this condition, the results of which are published in this issue of Anaesthesia.There is variable understanding of the so‐called pilot or feasibility studies among researchers, reviewers, editors and readers . Although the terms ‘pilot’ and ‘feasibility’ are often used interchangeably, many are calling for more precision with regard to their use in describing the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anaesthesia Wiley

A good pilot to navigate troubled waters

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
ISSN
0003-2409
eISSN
1365-2044
D.O.I.
10.1111/anae.14223
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Abstract

The costs involved with the management of patients with a proximal femoral fracture are placing a huge financial stress on public health systems around the globe. In the UK alone, it has been estimated that proximal femoral fractures cost the NHS over £1.1 billion (US$1.5 billion, €1.2 billion) per annum . Short of any seismic shifts in the incidence of hip fractures or the cost of providing care, this financial burden is only likely to increase with the ageing population. In the meantime, any measures that can reduce the incidence of complications associated with the peri‐operative management of this patient population may have a significant beneficial impact on both the financial and human costs of caring for them. To this end, Canty et al. ought to be congratulated for conducting such a rigorous pilot study on the impact of pre‐operative focused cardiac ultrasound on the morbidity and mortality of this condition, the results of which are published in this issue of Anaesthesia.There is variable understanding of the so‐called pilot or feasibility studies among researchers, reviewers, editors and readers . Although the terms ‘pilot’ and ‘feasibility’ are often used interchangeably, many are calling for more precision with regard to their use in describing the

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AnaesthesiaWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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