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Friday, March 7, 2014
Pulmonary fibrosis and travel
I do not know what type of PF he has but the doctor states it is severe. He has forbid him to travel to an area with pollution. However, the area he would go to is essentially the pollution level. He is not confined to his home or nursing home. Is their a mask that can be used if he is worried about the pollution affecting his travel.
This is a legal matter and a letter from a physician forbidding travel is being used to quash a deposition.
We are not able to give legal advice on this forum.
As a general rule, the ability of a patient with lung disease to travel will depend on the type of travel (for example, whether or not it is by plane), the travel time and distance, whether the patient is on supplemental oxygen, the climate and air quality of the location they will travel to, the altitude they will travel to, the general medical condition of the patient, and the medical resources available at the location they will travel to.
James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University