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Kardex (kar-deks) n. originally, the proprietary name for a filing system for nursing records and orders that was held centrally on the ward and contained all the nursing details and observations of patients that had been acquired during their stay in hospital. Although this system is no longer used for nursing records, since care plans are now held at the patient's bedside rather than centrally, the term ‘kardex’ continues to be used generically, for certain centrally held patient record systems.