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March 31, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(13):855-856. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860130115011

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The annual report on technical personnel in hospitals is presented elsewhere in this issue. An enormous increase in numbers of technicians in hospitals has occurred during the war years. This closely parallels the increase in bed capacity (30.6 per cent) and total admissions (38.3 per cent) since 1941. With the rapid pyramiding of technical helpers it has been necessary, in many instances, to employ some whose efficiency is limited by inadequate training and experience.

Two problems are paramount: Those now employed who have not had the benefit of satisfactory instruction must receive additional training; approved schools must produce sufficient graduates to supply hospitals and other employers with a normal increase in personnel and replacement of those no longer serving as technicians.

The medical record librarians in particular have been studying the problem of improving the large number of new employees in their field. Plans have been outlined to start an

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