|Old Town Salzburg|
The Austrain Trauma Society (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Unfallchirurgie) congress in Salzburg, arranged a symposium on reconstruction of hand function after damage to central and peripheral nervous system. Professors Robert Schmidhammer and Jan Fridén overviewed the topics "Functional Improvement of Upper Extremity Function after Peripheral Nerve Injuries and "Improvement of Upper Extremity Function in Tetraplegia by Surgery". Both presenters not only detailed the surgical procedures but also emphasized the need for a solid team efforts and patient-perceived outcome measurements. Discussions dealt with several important issues in a broader perspective for example strategies to establish routines for early assessments and how to establish solid and sustainable organizations to guarantee continous development and service.