MEDIF Forms When do you need one? What is a INCAD Form?

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26 Jan 2012

MEDIF Forms.  What are they and do you need one for traveling?

If are planning airline travel with your Portable Oxygen Concentrator, either domestically in the United States or abroad, the airlines may require some information about you and your medical condition.  The FAA has set standards in the United States with regard to Portable Oxygen Travel, Approved Oxygen Concentrator, and information your Airline is required to ask of you before letting you board the airline.  Click here to find out more about FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators and requirements for Airline Traveling with Portable Oxygen.

So, that brings us to our question, What is a MEDIF Form and when do you need one? When you are planning to travel outside of the US, International flights may require your doctor to complete a Medical Certificate of Fitness for Air Travel, MEDIF, or FORM MEDIF,  which is an acronym for Medical Information Form.  Much like the Physician’s Statement required for Domestic Travel with Portable Oxygen Concentrators, the MEDIF is often customized to the specific requirements of the individual airline, however, the bulk of the content stays the same.  Usually the form consists of 16 to 30 questions regarding the nature of your medical condition.  There may only be a few questions that are pertinent to your oxygen needs, and the rest may be generic or disease specific questions that the Airline personnel would like to know in case they are required to assist you in flight and if you are capable of flying.

Expect to fill out information with regard to:

  • Physician
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis (for the trip)
  • If you are contagious or have a communicable disease
  • When you  will need Portable Oxygen , under what conditions..
  1. Portable Oxygen during boarding
  2. Portable Oxygen during Taxi
  3. Portable Oxygen during Take Off
  4. Portable Oxygen during Landing

Sometimes on a separate form, or sometimes part of the same form, the airline might have you complete an INCAD (Incapacitated Passengers Handling Advice) Form.  While both forms are standard, the INCAD is typically completed by the traveler, and the MEDIF is completed by your Physician.

Best Practice is to contact the airline you are planning to travel with and ask them about their polices with regard to portable oxygen concentrators on-board airplanes.

We know of some travelers who have had a bad experience traveling internationally on portable oxygen when their doctor told them they were  safe to fly, but the airlines specific policies regarding patients with medical conditions did not.

Who wants to buy a ticket, go all the way to the airport, and get turned away from the airline because they did not get proper notice about your oxygen therapy needs and your plans to carry a portable oxygen concentrator.

 

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