South Dakota

Hospitals: South Dakota hospitals must keep records for ten years following the discharge or last care of the patient. In the case of minor patients, the retention period is ten years or until two (2) years after the patient turns 18, whichever is longer. 

Physicians: South Dakota requires private practices to hold records until the point when records have become inactive or for which the whereabouts of the patient are unknown to the physician. 

Consult LINK for more on what to do when your state offers limited or vague legal guidelines for records retention policy or contact Cariend to learn more about medical records retention in South Dakota.

S.D. ADMIN. R. 44:73:09:06
S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 36-4-38
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