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Subject: Re: Fetal Heart Monitor Strips
From: BobD <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 18 Oct 2003 10:07:35 -0700

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I have always loved the retention established by some of the states.  "Life
of the Patient plus 20 years" has to be one of the more illogical retention
requirements established by supposedly knowledgeable people.  How do you
determine when the 20 year period starts.  Just call it "Permanent" and
forget it.

The retention was created by the same person who said "keep it until the day
after I retire".

Bob Dalton, CRM
Dalton Consulting

-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
Of Hugh Smith
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 1:56 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Fetal Heart Monitor Strips

I was told the requirement in Texas and some other states is "life of
the patient plus  20" so you might have different requirements
depending on where the Health Organization is headquartered.

Plus there is an issue of the longevity of the strips as the folded
type tend to bleed from strip to strip when kept in a humid warehouse
and the strips begin to stick to themselves over longer requirements.

On Friday, October 17, 2003, at 12:00 AM, Automatic digest processor

> ------------------------------
> Date:    Thu, 16 Oct 2003 08:52:58 -0500
> From:    Ted Boffeli <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Fetal Heart Monitor Strips
> I have a customer (hospital) that I store fetal heart monitor strips
> for, and I believe their retention requirement is 25 years.  They do
> not
> require us to keep these in a climate-controlled area.  They are stored
> in the record center with all general hard-copy records.  I am also
> interested if anyone else has recommendations on this topic.
> Ted Boffeli
> INFOSAFE Records Management
> (563) 556-6208
Hugh Smith
FIRELOCK Fireproof Modular Vaults
hsmith @[log in to unmask]
(610)  756-4440    Fax (610)  756-4134

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