AbstractTo the Editor: Mr. Ho and Dr. Ware suggested advising an ill airline passenger regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 19961 (HIPPA) protection of his or her health information “if circumstances permit” and/or with a surrogate “when feasible.” ” We agree with this recommendation; however, during an in-flight medical emergency (IME), it is imperative that critical information be obtained and the passenger be examined as quickly as possible.
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