Bill would establish urotrauma commission

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 2, 2011

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A House bill would provide $1 million to study urinary tract injuries sustained by military personnel.

The proposal would establish a National Commission on Urotrauma led by the Dept. of Defense. Commissioners would analyze the incidence and duration of urotrauma, as well as the morbidity and mortality associated with the injuries. This includes battlefield injuries to kidneys, ureters, urinary bladders, urethra, and female and male genitalia.

"This bill highlights the importance of urotrauma research and treatment and specifically addresses the medical needs of our young military service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan," said Steven Schlossberg, MD, an American Urological Assn. spokesman. "Moreover, [the bill] emphasizes the importance of urologic disease and the federal government's role in helping to promote the best quality patient care to our military."

The bill was introduced by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R, Ky.), Mike Ross (D, Ark.), Peter King (R, N.Y.), Mike McIntyre (D, N.C.) and Steve Stivers (R, Ohio) on April 15.

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