A question for all of you Surgical/urology nurses out there. I have a friend that's an MA in a urology office. It's been so long since I really worried about the sterilization of equipment that I'm not up to date. (spoiled working in an ER or ICU , where it's all done and handed to us). Any way, they soak the equipment in a soluntion , dry it and use it from pt to pt in cysto's etc. Bx's and vasect. Is this OK now with distroying HIV, HEp etc. I know that in dental offices they use autoclave or gas to sterilize. But , I'm not sure what the standard of practice is now. Maybe I'm paranoid, but I wouldn't want equipment that was wiped down and soked used anywhere near mucosa that may already by irritated or suseptable to organisms.