Bair Hugger Lawsuit Filings Allege The Forced-Air Warming Blanket Causes Life-Threatening Infections During Joint Replacement Surgeries.
A newly filed Bair Hugger lawsuit is alleging the surgical warming blanket led to a knee amputation and the death of a Louisiana woman. According to the Bair Hugger lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, the plaintiff underwent a left total knee arthroplasty in February 2015 and a Bair Hugger forced-air warming device was used during the revision surgery.
The Bair Hugger lawsuit asserts the warming blanket used during surgery caused contaminants to come into the open surgical wound and the woman developed periprosthetic joint infection. As a result, the woman underwent multi-staged removal and multiple revision arthroplasties and later developed a poly microbial infection that ultimately led to a left knee amputation and led to the cause of her death, according to the Bair Hugger complaint. The lawsuit claims Bair Hugger has a defect in its design and manufacture and the defendants, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, Inc., failed to warn about the risk associated with their device. (Case No. 0:16-cv-03142, In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Lawsuit MDL No. 2666)
“Our firm has been speaking to patients and their survivors who have suffered devastating outcomes from infections after the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during surgery,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law.
Dr. Blaudeau and the attorneys at Southern Med Law continue to offer free no obligation legal reviews to men and women who have experienced injuries from medical devices, including the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket. If you believe you have suffered an infection from a Bair Hugger forced-air 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.
Despite Bair Hugger lawsuits and complaints about the device, 3M maintains that its warming blanket is safe and used by more than 80 percent of hospitals in the United States to keep patients warm before, during and after surgery. According to 3M, keeping patients warm helps reduce infections, reduce the length of hospital stays and improves the overall outcomes from surgery. Bair Hugger’s warming system draws in the filtered air of the operating room, passes it through an internal filter and warms that air to a selected temperature. The warmed air flows to a single-use Bair Hugger warming blanket through an enclosed hose, and is then gently dispersed across the surface of a patient’s skin, according to 3M.
Court documents indicate that all federally filed Bair Hugger lawsuit claims against Minnestota-based 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare subsidiary have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the Minnesota district court. In December 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation centralized the Bair Hugger complaints for pretrial proceedings. The judicial panel explained that the complaints share common factual issues that include claims that Bair Hugger is defective because it lifts bacteria from the operating room floor and into the sterile surgical site. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit MDL No. 2666)
About Southern Med Law And Filing A Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit
Southern Med Law is an experienced law firm providing legal representation to the men and women across the country who have been victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
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