Bair Hugger Lawsuit
Bair Hugger Warming Devices Alleged To Have Serious Side Effects
Forced Air Warming Devices are used in surgical procedures to prevent patient hypothermia. This was the motivation for Dr. Scott Augustine to create the Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket. However, it is alleged that this one-time-use blanket may be dangerous and forced air warmers may be linked to physical maladies including serious infection.
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Bair Hugger Patient Concerns
It is alleged that Bair Hugger Warmers are linked to serious infections.
- The Use of Warm Forced Air Over a Surgical Patient May Cause Infection
- Forced Air Over a Surgical Patient May Increase the Number of Contaminants
- Infections Caused During Surgery Can Eventually Lead To Amputation
Does The 3M Bair Hugger Warming Device Cause Infection?
The Bair Hugger warming blanket connects to a heater through a hose. This allows for the patient’s body temperature to be regulated throughout the course of a surgical operation by forcing warm air to circulate. While the product has been shown to serve a useful purpose, the possible drawbacks may dwarf the benefit it provides. As some studies have concluded, infections can occur if contaminants move into the surgical field in the midst of an operation. The sad result of many infections is the need for even more surgery to treat the infection that occurred during the original operation. While the manufacturer claims this device is proven safe there are many legal claimants who disagree and have filed lawsuits against 3M. The facts are the facts regardless of whether a jury has heard them yet. Both sides believe they have proof to support their claims and the litigation will likely come down, as it often does, to a battle of the experts.
Countless patients have suffered infections after knee and hip replacement surgery…what caused the infection is just now coming to light…
Do Forced Air Devices Increase the Number of Surgical Site Contaminants?
Many lawsuits alleging serious injury have been filed against 3M, the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger Device. 3M disputes the finding of this study and claims that the Bair Hugger device is proven to be safe. If you believe you have contracted a serious infection after surgery wherein a Bair Hugger warming device was used, you may contact the firm to see if your case qualifies for our representation.
Post-operative Infection Is Serious & Can Eventually Lead To Amputation
If there is a deep joint infection called periprosthetic joint infection (commonly referred to as PJI), the patient might have to undergo an serious revision surgery or possibly even amputation. This type of infection typically occurs when a joint implant surgery takes place at the hip or knee.
“The APIC guidance,” says Dr. Scott Augustine, inventor of Bair Hugger, “ summarizes the reason that researchers have questioned the safety of forced-air patient warming (“FAW”) in orthopedic implant and other ultra-clean surgeries.”
Those who believe they have suffered infections as a result of the Bair Hugger Warmer should not suffer in silence. Attorneys are available to lend critical assistance in this time of need. Your voice can be heard with legal representation. Ally with an attorney today in your quest for justice.