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.
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.