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What is a Nursing Kardex?

If you're a nurse or are in nursing school, I'm sure you've heard of something called a "Kardex." But what is a Kardex, exactly?

medical record with nurse stethoscope

With the evolution of electronic health records (EHRs), the existence of the Kardex has become long-forgotten, in many instances. However, it does exist in many different hospitals, and among many different software/EHRs. It may not be called a Kardex (for

example, Holland Hospital uses something called the Patient Summary to replace the Kardex), but its purpose remains highly valuable.


Why Should I Use The Kardex?


I'm sure you're asking yourself, "If a Kardex is "antiquated," because it's really not used, then why should I use it?"


This goes back to an important point of the original Kardex...


The Kardex is a tool that provides a holistic view of the patient while communicating interdisciplinary and team decisions that impact patient outcomes.


In other words, the Kardex is a valuable historical and communication tool that exists still in EHRs and should be used at every shift.