FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 07, 2013
Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA
AUA PRAISES REPRESENTATIVE FOR INTRODUCING CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS UROTRAUMA, A MAJOR CONCERN AMONG ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL AND VETERANS
LINTHICUM, MD, March 7, 2013—Today, the American Urological Association (AUA), a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, is pleased to announce its support for newly introduced legislation designed to address urotrauma, a growing concern among active military personnel and veterans. The bill, H.R. 984, was formally introduced by Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY-2) on March 6, 2013.
Urotrauma is a significant issue, particularly among active military populations. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs), when detonated, can cause severe trauma to the sexual organs and genitourinary system. These debilitating injuries can have devastating impacts – not only to urinary and sexual function, but also on fertility. Since legislation on urotrauma was first introduced in 2009, the AUA has worked with lawmakers to increase awareness of these injuries. In 2012, the AUA led the formation of an Urotrauma Policy Roundtable, comprised of veterans and patient advocacy groups, to support legislation addressing urotrauma.
“We applaud Rep. Guthrie for his commitment to supporting this issue for our veterans by introducing this legislation,” said AUA spokesman Mark T. Edney, MD, an urologist and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “He is a long-standing champion to raise awareness, research and education around urotraumatic injuries and we look forward to working with him to advance this issue on Capitol Hill.”
H.R. 984 would establish an interagency task force, led by the U.S. Department of Defense, to investigate and advise on the research and action needed to advance this increasingly essential field. The urotrauma legislation includes the following key provisions:
“Blast injuries are prevalent in today’s military theater and we must ensure that we allocate resources to ensure that we are doing all we can to prevent and treat them in our soldiers,” Mr. Guthrie said. “While urotraumatic injuries may not be as visible as others, they are equally life-altering and deserve focused attention.
“It has been my pleasure to work with the AUA and the Urotrauma Policy Roundtable to do all I can to raise awareness.”
For more information about the urotrauma legislation or to speak with Dr. Edney, please contact AUA Communications at 410-689-3932 or communications@AUAnet.org.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 19,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.