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Classification 2024 Winter Edition

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Hospitals and Other Health Facilities

Organizations. Societies (General or not elsewhere classified) (Cutter from name of organization or society) (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

Includes membership lists and administrative reports issued serially or separately. Classify directories in WX 22. Classify other serials issued by societies in W1.

Hospital or health facility serial reports (Table-G)
(Serials and serial analytics only)

Classify here hospital or health facility administrative reports and statistics. Classify clinical material, e.g., Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Guy's Hospital Reports, etc., in W1. Classify administrative reports and statistics of several hospitals or health facilities under governmental administration in W2.

Collected works by several authors

Collected works by individual authors

Addresses. Essays. Lectures

History (Table-G)

Cf. WX 27-28 History of individual hospitals or groups of individual hospitals. Classify history of emergency or ambulance services in WX 215.

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Dictionaries. Encyclopedias
(Monographs and Serials)

Classification. Terminology
(Monographs and Serials)

Classify works on accreditation and standards in WX 40.

Tables. Statistics. Surveys (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

General coverage (Not Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

Atlases. Pictorial works


Classify here works about education.

Educational materials
(Monographs and Serials)

Classify here educational materials, e.g., outlines, questions and answers, programmed instruction, computer-assisted instruction, etc., regardless of format. Classify textbooks, regardless of format, by subject.

Schools, departments, and faculties of hospital administration (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

Include here works on the history of schools. Classify courses of study, catalogs, etc., in W 19.5.

General coverage (Not Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

Research (General)

Classify here works about research in general. Classify works about research on a particular subject by subject.

Hospital medicine as a profession. Ethics. Peer review

Classify hospital administration as a career in WX 155.

Directories (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

General coverage (Not Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

[This number not used]

Classify works on equipment and supplies in WX 147. Classify catalogs in W 26.

Informatics. Electronic data processing. Computers (General)

Classify works on use for special subjects by subject.

Collective hospitals, medical centers, and health facilities (Table-G)

Classify here non-serial hospital reports. Classify serial reports in WX 2. Classify reports of army hospitals in WD 927-928; on those of naval hospitals in WD 827-828. Classify works on special types of hospitals or of specialized departments of general hospitals in the appropriate schedule for the field, e.g., isolation hospitals in WC 27-28. Classify works on psychiatric departments of general hospitals in WM 27-28, etc.

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Individual hospitals, medical centers, and health facilities (Cutter from name of hospital) (Table-G)

Collective museums, exhibitions, etc.

Individual museums, exhibitions, etc. (Cutter from name of museum, etc.) (Table-G)

Collective hospices and hospice care programs (Table-G)

Classify works on pediatric hospices in WS 27-28.

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Individual hospices and hospice care programs (Table-G)

Day care centers and programs (Table-G)

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Cf. WA 310-320 Child day care centers; WT 29-29.1 Geriatric day care centers; WX 205  Hospital outpatient clinics.

Laws (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

General coverage (Not Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

Discussion of law. (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

General coverage (Not Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

Handbooks. Resource guides
(Monographs and Serials)

Classify hospital staff manuals in WX 159; those for hospital medical staff only in WX 203.

Accreditation. Licensure. Standards (Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

General coverage (Not Table-G)
(Monographs and Serials)

General works

Health facility design and construction. Health facility planning (Table-G)

Classify works on special types of facilities in form number 27-28 in any NLM schedule where applicable or with the corresponding department in the hospital, e.g., Physical therapy department WX 223.

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Equipment and supplies

Classify catalogs in W 26.

General works (Table-G)

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Utilization review. Quality of service. Medical audit

Hospital and health facility administration as a career. Professional opportunities

Financial administration. Business management. Cost accounting (Table-G)

General coverage (Not Table-G)

Multi-institutional systems

Diagnosis-related groups


Include here narrative reports on admissions and discharges; also on patient readmissions. Classify works that are largely statistical in WX 16. Classify works on hospitalization insurance in W 160.

Hospital patients. Attitude and compliance. Satisfaction

Hospital personnel administration. Staff manuals. Career literature

Classify manuals for professional staff only in WX 203.


Classify works on professional hospital social work in W 322.

Collective bargaining in hospital employment

Public relations. Inter-institutional relations. Staff relations and attitude

Harassment or violence in health facilities

Hospital shops

Hospital care. Patient care planning. Long-term care

Classify works limited to nursing care in WY; on long term care of geriatric patients in WT 31. For general comprehensive works on patient care planning, use W 84.7-84.8.

Patient care team

General housekeeping. Maintenance. Laundries. Environmental control

Cross infection prevention and control

Cf. WC 195 for general works on infection control; WU 29.5 for dental infection control.

Hospital food service

Medical records. Medical record administrators

Classify works on personal health records in WB 291; classify works on medical records in private practice in W 80. Cf. WB 290 for works on medical history taking in general.

Electronic health records. Computer security

Hospital pharmacy service. Hospital medication systems


Disaster planning and response

Classify here works pertaining to health facility responses to disasters outside of the hospital, including emergency response associated with disasters. Cf. WA 295 for works on public health aspects.

Chaplaincy service

Mobile health units

Classify works on military field hospitals in WD 927-928.

Classify works on specialty departments in the hospital number for the specialty, e.g., psychiatric wards in WM 27-28.

General works

Include works on services not indexed elsewhere.

Medical personnel. Interns. Staff manuals. Ward manuals and precedent books

Classify general staff manuals and those for non-professional personnel in WX 159.

Hospital outpatient clinics. Ambulatory care facilities

Cf. WB 101 for works on general ambulatory care.

Clinical and pathological laboratories

Classify works on laboratories not connected with hospitals in QY 23-24.

Emergency service

Include here works on general emergency health services not indexed elsewhere. Cf. WB 105 Medical emergencies. Classify those connected with occupational medicine in WA 400-495. Classify emergency response associated with disasters in WX 186.

Transportation of patients. Ambulance service

Includes non-emergency transportation of patients. Cf. WX 158 Patient transfer

Intensive care units. Critical care (General)

Cf. WY 154 for works on nursing care. Classify works on critical care in the specialty fields with the specialty, e.g., Cardiac emergencies WG 205; Coronary care units WG 27-28. Classify works on critical care of infants and children in WS 366, of premature infants in WS 410, of newborn infants in WS 421.

[This number not used]

Classify X-ray services in WN 27-28.

Physical therapy department

Occupational therapy department