I wonder if the teaching hospitals keep stuff longer than other
hospitals? My old records have been destroyed. The hospital changed its
name and ownership over 10 years ago, but kept the same
location so I was able to track them down - just not the records. They had been destroyed long ago. Fortunately I do still have the records in a storage unit in CA, but I haven't gone back to dig them out - yet.
I contacted the state hospital board and was told they can voluntarily
keep them longer, but in FL they are only required to keep for 7 years.
But this not only happens with hospitals - it's doctor's records too. I was able to find my old cardio from '77 (still practicing) but his records only go back 7 years. (so he says)
PS - I asked the state hospital board why the records are destroyed, and they said it was to reduce storage costs - and liability issues!
Post Edited (Famulus) : 8/15/2005 8:23:01 AM (GMT-6)