3M Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit
When defective medical devices are used, serious complications can arise, leaving patients needing extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Use of the Bair Hugger forced air warming system has been shown to increase infection risks; many individuals have already filed suit against the manufacturer, 3M, for complications caused by this medical device. Have you developed an infection after a joint replacement surgery where the Bair Hugger was used?
If you or someone you love developed a joint infection following a joint replacement operation, the Bair Hugger may have contributed to it. Contact the Arnold Law Firm today for a free case review with a defective medical device attorney. We will thoroughly review your case to determine if you should move forward with legal action.
What is the Bair Hugger?
The Bair Hugger is a medical device that is commonly used during surgical procedures. It is a forced air warming system that circulates heated air into a blanket that covers an anesthetized patient, with the purpose of keeping the patients body temperature stable during an operation. The device is used to prevent hypothermia and improve recovery times. The Bair Hugger is a popular piece of equipment that can be found in approximately 80 percent of U.S. hospitals. It has been used an estimated 160 million times.
Bair Hugger Increases Infection Risks
The Bair Hugger patient warming system has been linked to increased risk of deep joint infections and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It has been found that the Bair Hugger causes operating room contaminants to become airborne. As air is circulated to the patient, the surgical site can become contaminated with dangerous bacteria and other pollutants. These contaminants can enter the patients surgical wound, leading to serious post-operative infections.
Deep joint infections and MRSA infections may require extensive treatment to control the infection and repair the damage caused. Treatment may include hospitalization, more surgeries, intravenous antibiotics, physical therapy, revision or removal of the implanted joint, antibiotic spacers placed into the infected joint, or amputation of the affected limb.
Warnings from the Bair Hugger Inventor
Dr. Scott Augustine, inventor of the Bair Hugger, is now speaking out about the dangers of using this defective medical device. He warns hospitals and physicians of the dangers posed to any patient that the device has been used to treat. Dr. Augustine says that the Bair Hugger is dangerous for use in patients who are receiving implanted devices, like joint replacements, because the Bair Hugger can introduce contaminants to the patient, leading to hospital-acquired infection.
Bair Hugger Lawsuits
There have been lawsuits filed against manufacturer 3M regarding serious infections caused by use of the Bair Hugger. A 70-year-old man in Texas required 15 surgeries to remedy a Bair Hugger-related infection. A patient Kansas has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Bair Hugger caused a MRSA infection, which ultimately resulted in amputation.
Lawsuits filed against 3M allege that the company has been negligent regarding known problems with the Bair Hugger. These lawsuits claim that 3M was aware of the risks, but neglected to redesign the system to improve its safety. 3M also failed to inform the medical community and patients about the increased risk of deep joint infections and other surgical complications following joint replacement surgeries. It has also been alleged that 3M has tried to hide or discredit data that proves the issues associated with the Bair Hugger.
If you have suffered an infection following a surgery where the Bair Hugger was used, you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation. A lawsuit may help you recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and disability. If wrongful death occurred to a loved one due to an infection caused by the Bair Hugger, you may also be able to recover resulting loss and expenses.
Call a Sacramento Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorney Today
If you or your loved one has experienced a joint infection after your joint replacement surgery, it could have been due to contamination introduced by the Bair Hugger forced air warming system.
You may have a case for pursuing compensation for the injuries which you have suffered.
Contact the Arnold Law Firm now to discuss your case; call us today at (916) 777-7777.