Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits Allege The Forced-Air Warming Blankets Put Patients At Risk For Serious Infections During Knee and Hip Surgery
The federal judge managing Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits will create a pool of potential cases for bellwether trials. 150 of the 900 warming blanket lawsuits already filed in an MDL in Minnesota will be randomly selected by December 23. The Bair Hugger lawsuits allege the forced-air warming blanket, manufactured by 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare subsidiary, causes sepsis, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and other potentially deadly infections when used during hip or knee replacement surgery. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits MDL No. 2666)
“We are pleased to see that preparations are being made for bellwether trials that will represent the hundreds of pending Bair Hugger complaints,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.
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Of the 150 randomly selected Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits, attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants are to choose 16 to 18 cases by January 20, according to a pretrial order issued on November 16 by U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen. Each side must also select one to two Bair Hugger cases from Ramsey County, Minnesota based on an agreement the federal court has with the Minnesota state court. After limited case-specific discovery between January 21 and March 1, the parties will jointly select eight cases and present them to the court by February 10. Judge Ericksen will select cases to be included in the final bellwether trial pool by March 1. The bellwether trials are expected to begin in November 2017. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit MDL No. 2666)
Bair Hugger forced-air warming blankets keep patients warm during joint replacement surgeries. 3M’s promotional material says that Bair Hugger’s warming system draws in the filtered air of the operating room, passes it through an internal filter and warms the air to a selected temperature. The warmed air flows to a single-use Bair Hugger blanket through an enclosed hose, and then is gently dispersed across the surface of a patient’s skin. 3M maintains that its Bair Hugger system is safe and does not cause infection in patients.
Court documents indicate that Bair Hugger complaints were consolidated in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota in December 2015 for coordinated pretrial proceedings. The lawsuits commonly allege that 3M and Arizant failed to warn that their forced-air warming blanket has a design defect because it lifts bacteria and contaminated particles from the operating room floor and from below the operating table and into the sterile surgical site. As a result, patients undergoing joint replacement surgery are at risk of prosthetic joint infections because of contaminated air blowing into the surgical site. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit MDL No. 2666)
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