Bair Hugger Lawsuits Allege Life-Threatening Infections From The Forced Air Warming Blanket During Joint Replacement Surgery
Bair Hugger lawsuits are moving closer to trial with case-specific discovery scheduled to begin on January 21. Parties in the federal Bair Hugger litigation were expected to select 16 to 18 Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits on January 20 as potential cases for trials. The Bair Hugger lawsuits accuse 3M Company and its subsidiary, Arizant Healthcare, of failing to adequately warn that their forced-air warming blanket used on patients during knee or hip replacement surgery are exposed to potentially deadly infections, namely sepsis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Lawsuits MDL No. 2666)
“In this stage, attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants will review the specific details of these cases and exchange information before making a decision on the final pool of cases to recommend to the judge for the bellwether trial,” explains Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.
Dr. Blaudeau and the attorneys at Southern Med Law offer no obligation Bair Hugger lawsuit legal evaluations to men and women who have experienced injuries from the Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket. If you believe you have suffered an infection from a Bair Hugger warming blanket, please contact one of the firm’s attorneys for a free Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit legal consultation by calling 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the online contact form.
U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen, who is presiding over the Bair Hugger litigation in Minnesota, amended a scheduling order for the first trial. Case-specific discovery that was to begin on January 21 and end on March 1, will now end on May 1, according to Judge Ericksen’s pretrial order issued on January 5. During discovery, the parties may issue limited subpoenas to hospitals regarding infection rates, medical records and product identification, the pretrial order said. Parties may also ask for details about the Bair Hugger system used in the plaintiff’s procedure that allegedly resulted in a surgical site infection. After discovery is complete, the parties will jointly select eight cases and present them to the court by May 10. Judge Ericksen also rescheduled the first trial from November 2017 to February 2018. (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 are used to keep patients warm during knee or hip replacement surgeries. Bair Hugger’s warming system works by drawing in the filtered air of the operating room, passing it through an internal filter and warming the air to a selected temperature, according to 3M’s promotional material. 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.
Court records show Bair Hugger lawsuits allege the forced-air warming blanket is defectively designed because they lift contaminants from the operating room floor and from below the operating table and into the sterile surgical site. As a result, patients develop life-threatening deep joint infections and have to undergo revision surgeries to remove their artificial knee or hip components because of infection. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits MDL No. 2666)
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