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May 22, 2013
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Volume XXI, Number 5
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AUA Co-Sponsors New AMA Resolution on Urotrauma

The AUA has, together with the American Association of Clinical Urologists, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Psychological Association have co-sponsored a resolution that will be presented to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates at its June meeting.  The resolution supports the AUA’s legislative priority to advance urotrauma legislation and resources for veterans and active duty service members.

We urge you to ask your state medical societies and associations to sign on to this resolution that, if passed, would direct the AMA to seek legislation and regulations to ensure that servicepersons and veterans with urotraumatic injuries receive the best possible surgical and psychological care and that the AMA promote the study of urotrauma to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these injuries.

The introduction of this resolution comes one month after the AUA secured a hearing on urotrauma with the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health.

Genitourinary organ injuries (urotrauma) account for up to 10 percent of battlefield injuries. They have increased 350 percent in incidence in Afghanistan compared to Iraq and are increasing in complexity.

Urotrauma has not received the same policy attention, resource allocation and care coordination that the nation has given to extremity injury, eye injury, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  As a leading advocate for the highest standards of urologic care, the AUA is leading the charge in making sure that service members and veterans suffering from this debilitating injury receive the finest care possible.

For more information on the urotrauma resolution or the AMA House of Delegates, please contact the AUA Government Relations and Advocacy Department at GovernmentRelations@AUAnet.org.