38 CFR 1.485 - Medical emergencies.
(a)General rule. Under the procedures required by paragraph (c) of this section, patient identifying information from records covered by §§ 1.460 through 1.499 of this part may be disclosed to medical personnel who have a need for information about a patient for the purpose of treating a condition which poses an immediate threat to the health of any individual and which requires immediate medical intervention.
(b)Special rule. Patient identifying information may be disclosed to medical personnel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who assert a reason to believe that the health of any individual may be threatened by an error in the manufacture, labeling, or sale of a product under FDA jurisdiction, and that the information will be used for the exclusive purpose of notifying patients or their physicians of potential dangers.
(c)Procedures. Immediately following disclosure, any VA employee making an oral disclosure under authority of this section shall make an accounting of the disclosure in accordance with the Privacy Act ( 5 U.S.C. 552a(c) and 38 38 CFR 1.576(c)) and document the disclosure in the patient's records setting forth in writing:
(1) The name and address of the medical personnel to whom disclosure was made and their affiliation with any health care facility;
(2) The name of the individual making the disclosure;
(3) The date and time of the disclosure;
(4) The nature of the emergency (or error, if the report was to FDA);
(5) The information disclosed; and
(6) The authority for making the disclosure ( § 1.485 of this part).