New hernia research launched

Bowel obstruction is a deadly problem that puts a major strain on the NHS. The BDRF funded NASBO audit highlighted this and made recommendations on how to improve care.

One of the most concerning findings was that bowel obstructions caused by a hernia are much more likely to lead to death than other causes.

Surgeons need to do more research to find out why this is. We know that practice varies from hospital to hospital, and sometimes even within hospitals.

Management of Acute Symptomatic Hernias (MASH) is a new cohort study that will run for 12 weeks in early 2020.

The MASH team will collate national data on inpatient management, 30-day and 90-day outcomes including complications and quality of life.

All abdominal wall and groin hernias (other than parastomal, traumatic, diaphragmatic and hiatal) will be eligible for inclusion.

The team are now looking to recruit acute surgical hospitals across the UK to be a part of this exciting project. You can sign up your hospital here.

For more info, contact [email protected] or get in touch on Twitter @MASH_2019_

We are delighted that BDRF research has generated such important work to help patients who urgently need it.