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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

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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, 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. ISSN 1559-047X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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© The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Burn Association. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1093/jbcr/irab240

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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:lithium battery, powered electric bicycles, scooters
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Injury prevention
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Injury prevention and control
UTAS Author:Haik, J (Professor Josef Haik)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:148815
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-02-12
Last Modified:2022-03-04
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