In mid-October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released interim guidance for health care providers related to the evaluation and care of patients with suspected vaping-associated lung injuries. As of Oct. 15, the CDC had compiled 1,479 cases of vaping-related lung injuries from 49 states, including 33 reported deaths. The guidelines provide a framework for initial assessment, management, and follow-up, including how to evaluate and manage these potential lung injuries during flu season.
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The CDC’s investigation into this outbreak is ongoing, and the investigators are looking at the sources and root causes for these illnesses. At time of publication, the outbreak wasn’t associated with any one product. However, the CDC has stated that devices containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) should not be used. Clinicians should report possible cases of vaping-associated lung injury to local or state health departments for further investigation. The investigators are interested in gathering any remaining e-cigarette products patients may have used. Stay apprised of all relevant information.