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The hidden danger of lithium battery-powered electric bicycles and scooters: a case series of the Israeli National Burn Center Experience

Segalovich, M, Berl, A, Aviv, U, Jaffe, E, Shelef, R, Haik, J, Cleary, M, Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775 and Harats, M 2022 , 'The hidden danger of lithium battery-powered electric bicycles and scooters: a case series of the Israeli National Burn Center Experience' , Journal of Burn Care & Research , pp. 1-4 , doi: 10.1093/jbcr/irab240.

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Abstract

Electric-powered bicycles and scooters that use rechargeable lithium batteries are an urban transportation alternative and have become increasingly popular. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in patient admissions to the Israeli National Burn Center with burns associated with their use. In this case series of all patients (n = 9) referred to the Emergency Department (February 2016–October 2020) with lithium-related battery burns from electric-powered bicycles and scooters, we present burn depth, size, treatment, inhalation injuries, and hospitalization. All patients were admitted to the Israeli National Burn Center for treatment. The average TBSA was 27.5% (range 3%–57%). All but one patient had a combination of partial to full-thickness burns affecting the upper and lower limbs. Three patients sustained inhalation injuries and a total of four patients required intubation. Seven patients required surgery that included debridement and, in most cases, skin grafting. The availability and increase in the use of battery-powered bicycles and scooters may lead to an increase in injuries and death if consumers are not aware of the potential dangers related to the safe use of lithium batteries.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Segalovich, M and Berl, A and Aviv, U and Jaffe, E and Shelef, R and Haik, J and Cleary, M and Kornhaber, R and Harats, M
Keywords: lithium battery, powered electric bicycles, scooters
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Burn Care & Research
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1559-047X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/jbcr/irab240
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© The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Burn Association. All rights reserved.

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