General Urology

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. 

Updated ~ 2018

The paper was reviewed and updated in 2018. Workgroup Members included Jodi K. Maranchie, MD, FACS (Co-Chair); Paul Maroni, MD (Co-Chair); Ashely Heller, MPH, CIC; Majdee Islam, MD; Mary Louise Lee, RN; Jennifer Bertsch, Staff; and Janet Waters, MLS, BSN, RN, Medical Librarian.

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Updated ~ 2013

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


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.

SUNA Supported ANA Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Tool

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are the most commonly reported hospital-acquired condition. RNs can play a major role in reducing CAUTI rates. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has developed an innovative, streamlined, evidenced-based clinical tool to aid in reducing CAUTIs. Using a consensus process, ANA assembled a technical expert panel (TEP) of nursing clinical experts to develop and disseminate an evidence-based CAUTI reduction tool for nurses with support by the Partnership for Patients. TEP members included ANA members, representatives from its specialty nursing organizational affiliates, infection control specialists, and patient safety authorities. Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, represented SUNA on this panel.

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White Paper on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

The American Urological Association (AUA) has developed a White Paper on Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: Definitions and Significance in the Urologic Patient. A white paper workgroup organized by the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee and led by Dr. Timothy Averch drafted the paper, which was approved by the AUA Board of Directors in October 2014. Diane K. Newman, DNP, FAAN, BCB-PMD, represented SUNA on the workgroup.

The workgroup noted that while health care in general has increased its focus on catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention and the inappropriate use of catheters, much of this attention does not apply to urologic patients. Therefore, the white paper delves in to this particular area and also provides pertinent definitions pertaining to CAUTIs.

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