3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Blankets Lawsuits
3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Blankets Lawsuits: Deep Joint Infections
Our firm is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who developed infections related to the use of 3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming blankets during surgical procedures. The Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket is used to maintain a normal body temperature during orthopedic surgeries, such as knee, hip, shoulder, and spine procedures. However, evidence suggests that these devices may be linked to deep joint infections occurring one year after surgery. In some cases, this prompts the need for revision surgeries or even the need for amputation.
If you or someone you know developed a deep joint infection following the use of a Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket, contact Parker Waichman LLP today.
Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Devices Linked to Infections
Forced-air warming blankets such as the Bair Hugger, manufactured by 3M, have been the subject of debate regarding their association with increased infection risks and the introduction of contaminants into the site of surgery. The inventor of Bair Hugger, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, has said that the device poses a risk of bacterial infection. He has spoken about these risks at professional events and has been involved in studies showing that the Bair Hugger may lead to infection.
3M Sued over Bair Hugger Injuries
In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against 3M alleging that use of the Bair Hugger during a hip replacement surgery caused an infection. The suit was filed on behalf of a Texas man who underwent the procedure in March 2011. He alleges that he needed 15 additional surgeries, including one to remove the device; he is seeking $1 million in compensation for damages. When the Bair Hugger was used during the operation, the air picked up contaminants as it was discharged beneath the surgical table and then was recirculated into the joint, the lawsuit alleges.