Clinical Practice

Joint White Paper on Reprocessing of Flexible Cystoscopes

SUNA and the American Urological Association (AUA) developed a Joint White Paper on Reprocessing of Flexible Cystoscopes. While office flexible cystoscopy has become a standard urology procedure, the flexible cystoscope is a complex instrument that requires reprocessing between patients. This white paper presents a brief overview of the current guidelines for reprocessing of flexible cystoscopes and highlights particular aspects of instrument reprocessing that are unique to cystoscopy. 

2009 Task Force Members included J. Quentin Clemens, MD, MSCI; Robert Dowling, MD; Frances Foley, MS, RN, CURN; Howard Goldman, MD; Chris Gonzalez, MD; Christopher Tessier, MD; and Mary Anne Wasner, RN, CURN.

Update ~ 2013

Please note that this White Paper was originally developed in 2009. The paper was reviewed and updated to include the latest evidence-based research in 2013. 2013 Workgroup Members included J. Quentin Clemens, MD, MSCI, Chair; Howard Goldman, MD; Victor Senese, RN; and Jennifer Bertsch, Staff.

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Update ~ March 2015

In view of the recent news about the reprocessing of duodenoscopes Dr. J. Quentin Clemens addresses five key questions on reprocessing and patient safety. Dr. Clemens worked on the task force and update workgroup for the Joint AUA/ SUNA White Paper on Reprocessing of Flexible Cystoscopes.

Learn more about reprocessing and patient safety following a recent situation involving reprocessing duodenoscopes.

Bladder Health Awareness Initiative

SUNA established a task force to determine ways to improve bladder health awareness in the community. The Bladder Health Community Awareness Initiative Task Force, which included partner representatives from both the National Association for Continence and the Simon Foundation for Continence, developed a Bladder Health Community Awareness presentation that any urology health care professional can utilize for a bladder health presentation in his or her community. The presentation focuses on several areas of bladder health including urinary tract infections, continence, and bladder cancer. In addition, the Bladder Health Community Awareness Initiative Task Force examined and (if necessary) revised existing corresponding Patient Fact Sheets as well as developed a new fact sheet on urinary incontinence. The presentation and several related Patient Fact Sheets can be easily downloaded from the SUNA Web site. The launch of this initiative makes these resources available to promote community awareness.

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The Task force chairperson was Sue Lipsy and the presentation project was facilitated by Pat Meade D’Alisera. Task Force members to be congratulated on this outstanding effort include:

Susan Lipsy, RN, MS, CUNP, Chair
Pat Meade D’Alisera, MSN, FNP, CURN, Co- Chair
Cheryle Gartley, Simon Foundation
Mary Beth Hendricks, MSN, RNCS, FNP, ACNP, CUNP
Cheryl LeCroy, RN, MS, CURN
Rachel Levkowicz, Health Educator NAFC
Silvia Maxwell, MSN, APRN-BC, CUNP
Todd Morningstar, LPN
Donna Thompson, MSN, CRNP, CCCN