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The Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits suggest the forced-air warming blanket used for patients undergoing surgery may cause serious infections in patients who have joint replacement procedures. The surgical warming blanket helps to keep patients warm during surgery to prevent hypothermia. Bair Hugger lawsuits assert that the warming device lifts bacteria and other contaminants from the operating room floor and blows the germs into the sterile surgical site. As a result, patients undergoing joint replacement surgery are at risk of prosthetic joint infections such as sepsis, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, due to the contaminated air blowing into the surgical site. The Bair Hugger complaints allege that 3M, the blanket’s manufacturer, was aware of the risk of infections but failed to properly warn doctors and their patients about the risks.
Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits
Bair Hugger Lawsuit claims have been filed against 3M alleging that the Bair Hugger causes infections and contaminates sterile fields in operating rooms during surgery. Court documents indicate that 3M is facing multiple Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits. One records show that a Bair Hugger lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 70-year-old Texas man who underwent a total hip replacement surgery in March 2011. According to the complaint, the plaintiff developed a deep-joint infection allegedly as a result of the Bair Hugger product being used during surgery. The infection caused the man to undergo 15 additional surgeries, including a revision surgery for his artificial hip, the complaint said. (Case No. 4:13-cv-01164, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas)
Court records also show that a warming-blanket lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Kansas resident who developed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an infection that is resistant to many antibiotics, after having a knee replacement surgery in September 2010. According to the lawsuit, the MRSA infection led to the amputation of the plaintiff’s leg. The plaintiff contends he had to have his leg amputated due to the infection. According to the forced air warming blanket lawsuit, the hot air accumulates under the surgical drape and escapes below the level of the surgical table. The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket complaint maintains that the escaped air creates warm, rising airflow currents that deposit bacteria from the floor of the surgical room into the surgical site. The Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit purports that 3M knew about the risks associated with its Bair Hugger system, but did not redesign the blanket or warn healthcare professionals about the risk. The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket lawsuit purports that 3M knew about the risks associated with Bair Hugger but did not redesign the blanket or warn healthcare professionals about the risk.(Case No. Case 2:14-cv-02044, U.S. District Court, District of Kansas)
Southern Med Law investigating Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits
Southern Med Law is currently investigating Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Lawsuits. If you or a loved one developed a prosthetic joint infection after undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery or after receiving an artificial heart valve, please contact the Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys at Southern Med Law for a free legal consultation and get the help you deserve. To speak with one of the firm’s attorneys, please call 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the form on our website.
About Bair Hugger Therapy
According to 3M, Bair Hugger therapy, manufactured by 3M’s Arizant division, is the original forced-air warming technology that has become a standard in hospitals around the world. The Bair Hugger blanket maintains a patient’s normal body temperature to prevent hypothermia during surgery. 3M says filtered air flows through a warming unit that gently and evenly disperses the air throughout the attached blanket, which is isolated from the surgical site by an adhesive strip on the blanket and surgical barrier drapes.
The New York Times reported that Bair Hugger’s inventor, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, is campaigning against the same warming device he created. According to the report, Dr. Augustine believes his invention is dangerous to patients undergoing heart valve and joint implant procedures because the forced air can spread bacteria associated with infections acquired from the hospital. Dr. Augustine now promotes what he considers a “safer alternative,” which is a warming device that does not use forced air and works like an electric blanket.
[nytimes.com/2010/12/25/business/25invent.html?_r=0, December 24, 2010]
Forced-Air Warming Technology Studies
In a study published in The Bone & Joint Journal in November 2011, British and U.S. researchers compared the effects of forced-air technology and air-free conductive fabric technology (which uses low-voltage electrical heating) on operating room ventilation during simulated hip replacement and lumbar spinal surgeries using a mannequin as a patient. The study found a “significant increase” in deep joint infection when forced-air warming was used compared to when conductive fabric warming was used. The researchers recommended air-free warming over forced-air warming for orthopedic procedures.
[bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/93-B/11/1537, November 2011]
In another study published online in The Bone & Joint Journal in March 2013, researchers found that waste heat from forced-air warming devices significantly disrupts the airflow in operating rooms, and draws contaminated particles from below the operating table and the operating room floor into the sterile surgical site.
[bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/95-B/3/407.abstract, March 2013]
Filing a Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit
Southern Med Law continues to speak with men and women who experienced infections after surgery using the forced air warming blankets marketed by Bair and urges those who affected to contact one of the firms attorneys to find out more about filing a Bair Hugger Warming Blanket lawsuit by calling (205) 547-5525 or you can visit www.southernmedlaw.com for more information.
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