- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - E-cigarette explosions have led four patients to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center since October for treatment by burn and trauma experts.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/1VvOdEW) one of those injured people is 24-year-old Daniel Pickett, who underwent five surgeries and skin grafts from forearm to elbow. Lawyer Robert Sealby plans to represent Picket in a lawsuit.

Harborview trauma and burn critical-care fellow Dr. Elisha Brownson says these incidents are happening more frequently than previously realized.

Fire experts have associated the explosions with a small trend of battery failures.

Gregory Conley of the American Vaping Association said in an email that properly used e-cigarettes pose no more risk of fire than cellphones and laptops.



It’s unclear whether the four people treated at Harborview could have prevented the explosions.

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