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How long should nursing homes keepMDS's?

by stevetoast stevetoast (New) New

New to this so how long should nursing homes keep old MDS's for?


Has 36 years experience.

I think nursing homes should keep old medical doctors (MDS), for as long as they need care. :)

I assume you mean medical records? Be careful using abbreviations at your job or even just posting a question here.

How long to keep patient's medical records is something your medical records department should be dealing with. I hope it is not the nursing staffs responsibility?

I did a quick Google search, it showed every states regulations. In California it is seven years.

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

In the chart or easily available, MDSs for 15 months.

MDS=minimum data set...NOT orders


Has 36 years experience.

OMG, minimum data sets, I wasn't even close í ½í¸†.