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DOH shares vaping lung injury update and guidance for patient management

HANYS hosted a webinar with DOH last week to provide members with an update on vaping in New York state and clarification concerning the most recent state advisory on vaping product use-associated lung injury. The recording is now available online.

During the program, Kristen Navarette, MD, medical director, Center for Environmental Health at DOH, shared the latest number of cases, their approach to responding, recommendations for managing patients and reporting cases and guidance for billing. 

According to DOH, as of Nov. 4, 165 patients with severe pulmonary illness and recent use of vape products had been reported statewide, with 98 confirmed and probable cases and 64 under investigation. Nationally, 2,051 confirmed and probable cases of lung injury had been reported, with 39 confirmed deaths.

DOH asks healthcare providers to aid in their investigation by (details are provided in their advisory):

  • collecting additional information from patients;
  • reporting cases to Poison Control Centers; and
  • if available, sending vaping products associated with suspect cases to Wadsworth Center. 

Currently, there is no reimbursement for this optional reporting and specimen submission.

HANYS and our members are committed to addressing vaping and other urgent public health issues. HANYS will continue to provide education and resources. Contact: Sarah DuVall

Published December 20, 2019