According to a report by Cincinnati.com, joint replacement surgery is so common that if you’ve never had any of your joints replaced, you likely know someone who has. Over eight hundred thousand knee replacement surgeries were performed between 2012 and 2016. In that same time, the number of facilities performing knee replacements and other joint replacement surgeries increased nearly eight hundred percent. Joint replacement surgery can do wonderful things for people. Unfortunately, as with any surgery, there is the risk that a patient will get exposed to infection while they are in the hospital. If the infection begins inside their body, such as sometimes happens with a surgery site, it can develop undetected until it becomes painfully aware to the patient that something is wrong.
The issue of how bacteria can get into joint implant surgery sites and other surgery sites is difficult to examine because there are many ways that infections can happen. One possible way that some patients may have been exposed to infection during a joint replacement surgery is through a ubiquitous piece of hospital equipment called the Bair Hugger warming system. The system stabilizes a patient’s core body temperature before, during, and after surgery because general anesthesia causes body temperature to drop. The decrease in body temperature that happens during anesthesia can pose risks to the patient during an operation, and it can also hinder recovery.
It is possible that waste heat from the compressor that heats and circulates the air could send contaminants like bacteria into surgical incision sites, like joint replacements.
Thousands of people who think they developed life-threatening infections because of the Bair Hugger system are taking legal action against the product’s manufacturer, 3M.
Our national law firm for Blair Hugger infection or amputation lawsuits will review your claim and discuss your options to receive maximum compensation for your infection, injuries or amputation.