Intoxicated Airline Pilots: A Case‐based Ethics Model

Terri A. Schmidt

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ABSTRACT The ethical dilemma of managing two intoxicated airline pilots who insist on flying a commercial plane after leaving the emergency department is presented. The case explores the issues surrounding duty to warn, decision‐making capacity, breaching confidentiality, and the requirements of law. A useful ethical decision‐making model is reviewed to address the responsibility of the emergency physician to intervene and the options available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994


  • confidentiality
  • duty to warn
  • ethanol intoxication
  • ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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