ASSH NATIONAL Hand Trauma Network

In partnership with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), ASSH is working to develop a National Hand Trauma Network, a compilation of facilities in the U.S. whose physicians are able to provide 24/7/365 care for hand trauma emergencies. Once completed, the listing will serve as as reference for ER referrals and will elevate the care of hand trauma cases nationwide by facilitating transfers where appropriate.

Criteria for Network Participation

The facilities included in the Network must voluntarily join and must confirm that they meet the following criteria:

  1. All Hand Trauma Centers are available 24/7/365 for hand trauma emergencies that include revascularization, replantation, and mutilating hand injuries.
  2. A specific call list is available of Physicians on call.
  3. A center may include residents and fellows from Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedics and General Surgery
  4. The Hand Trauma Center does NOT have to be a Level I ACS designated center as long as criteria #1 is fulfilled. 
  5. A director of the Hand Trauma Center (or co directors) is needed to verify data and report data with regards to treatment (number of patients seen, injury patterns, etc.)

Join the Network

Please complete the above form by September 30, 2018 to be included in the Network.

Participant Oversight

Once you join the Network, you are responsible for continuing to meet the criteria as outlined above. ACS will periodically verify that your facility meets the criteria during the normal verification process for Verified Trauma Centers.

Current Participants

There are currently 53 U.S. facilities participating in this Network. A full list with contact information is coming soon.


Please contact Pamm Schroeder at [email protected] with questions about the National Hand Trauma Network.