In consideration of mounting cases of influenza—and the respiratory concerns they bring with them—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidelines on diagnosing and treating patients with signs of e-cigarette or vaping lung injury (EVALI). Urgent care providers, and all healthcare professionals, are urged to ask patients with symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness (or symptoms such as fever, chills, or weight loss) if they use, and how often they use, e-cigarettes or vaping products. They should also plan to evaluate patients with suspected EVALI according to previously published CDC recommendations. The updated advisory is available on the CDC website.
CDC Takes Another Stab at EVALI Guidance as Flu Season Picks Up