In the last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published a loose-leaf manual, Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Nosocomial Infections. One copy of the manual was sent to each hospital in the United States. Persons wanting additional copies were instructed to order them through the National Technical Information Service. In addition, the text of the manual was published in the March/April 1981, issue of INFECTION CONTROL.
The manual contained the first of several guidelines that CDC is to publish for prevention of nosocomial infections. CDC is not presently prepared to distribute these guidelines to all U.S. hospitals, but expects to be able to do so within the next 12 months.
A categorization scheme has been used to rank each of the recommendations in the guidelines. A full explanation of the scheme is in the manual and in the March/April 1981, issue of this journal.