The Hand Trauma Committee (HTC) of the FESSH is dedicated exclusively to Hand Trauma and Hand Trauma Prevention.
The HTC will oversee a sub-committee for the Prevention of Hand Injuries.
The goal of the HTC is to improve standards of care for Emergency Hand Trauma in Europe.
In order to achieve this goal, the HTC will be responsible for the ongoing strategy for the European Emergency Hand Trauma Network and the Accreditation Process for participating Centers.
- Collect data from participating centers and units
- Define the standards for delivery of Emergency Hand Trauma Services
- Set the Inclusion Criteria for the European Emergency Hand Trauma Network and the Accreditation process
- Analyze the data so that differences and similarities between the European Countries can be identified and discussed
The HTC will encourage the participation and collaboration of all countries to join a European Emergency Network of Hand Trauma and Replantation Centers and Hand Trauma Centers
THE EUROPEAN EMERGENCY HAND TRAUMA NETWORK
It is recognized that emergency Hand Trauma Services are delivered by many well qualified Hand Trauma Surgeons who do not necessarily work in hospitals with 24 hour dedicated emergency hand surgery teams or access to microsurgical techniques.
The proposed Network will exist for the purposes of collaboration in audit, research, teaching and training. The accreditation process will recognize those Centers delivering services to the highest standards.
A Hand Trauma and Replantation Center or a Hand Trauma Center can apply to be accredited as part of the network following the criteria defined by the Hand Trauma Committee according to the FESSH Council.
The HTC National Representatives and the board of each National Hand Society will be responsible for the accuracy of the provided data.
The recognition of Accredited Hand Trauma and Replantation Center or a Hand Trauma Center will be the responsibility of the HTC.
A validation of the centers (audits) will be undertaken, randomly, by members of the committee and one HTC National representative.
In order to build a real European cooperation through this network, two “national representatives” for each FESSH country will be appointed by the boards of each National Hand Surgery Society. To be eligible, these surgeons must have some spare time and to be enthusiastic and young enough to deal effectively with Hand Trauma.
Members of the Hand Trauma Committee: Piotr Czarnecki (Poland), Zoe Dailiana (Greece), Igor Golubev (Russia), Peter Houpt (Netherland), Marcos Sanmartín Fernandez (Spain), Kai Megerle (Germany), Pierluigi Tos (Italy)
Members of the Hand Trauma Prevention sub-committee chaired by Martin Leixnering (Austria), Tufan Kaleli (Turkey), Anna De Leo (UK)