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
- Define the standards for delivery of Emergency Hand Trauma Services
- Sets the Inclusion Criteria for the European Emergency Hand Trauma Network and the Accreditation process of Hand Trauma and Replantation Centers
- 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.
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.
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 the Hand Trauma and Replantation Centers (HTRC).
A Hand Trauma and Replantation Center (HTRC) can apply to be accredited as part of the network following the criteria defined by the Hand Trauma Committee according to the FESSH Council.
If the applicant unit does not fulfill the criteria to become an HTRC, the unit will be placed on a list of recognized “Hand Trauma Units”, provided that it fulfills a minimum of requirements, and will participate in the hand trauma network. The Hand Trauma Units (HTU) will not be audited, are not certified by the HTC and FESSH. Some minimum criteria are also necessary for Hand trauma Units listed in the trauma network.
These last criteria for the units of trauma network are suitable of changing once a year by the HTC and FESSH Council.
The HTC National Representatives and the board of each National Hand Society could check if required by HTC the data provided by their national network and report in the HTC eventual problems.
The recognition of Accredited Hand Trauma and Replantation Centers will be the responsibility of the HTC.
A validation of the HTRCs (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. (Duties of the National Representatives)
MEET THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
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)