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In the first half of the 1970s, a revolution occurred in the management of nosocomial infections in US hospitals. In 1970, fewer than 5% of hospitals had organized infection surveillance and control programs, but by 1977 the great majority had fullor part-time infection-control nurses maintaining surveillance over infectious complications of hospitalization and assisting infection-control committees in formulating and applying methods of controlling and preventing them. This dramatic emergence of a new discipline stimulated an outpouring of scientific articles, training courses and manuals, and guidelines. By the late 1970s, this information explosion whetted appetites for general textbooks and other means of collecting and organizing information on the new surveillance and control technologies. Through the 1970s, the only widely read volume covering a broad range of subjects on infection control was the practical handbook Infection Control in the Hospital, published by the American Hospital Association.
Finally, in 1979, the textbook Hospital Infections
Haley RW. CRC Handbook of Hospital Acquired Infections. JAMA. 1982;247(24):3363. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320490059045
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