The Bair Hugger system is a forced air warming blanket that is used to prevent hypothermia in patients who are undergoing hip and knee surgeries. Bair Hugger blankets help regulate patients’ body temperatures by circulating warm air through a hose connected to an inflatable blanket that is draped over the patient.
This system, however, can lead to serious infections in patients. If you or someone you love suffered a serious infection after undergoing surgery in which a Bair Hugger warming blanket was used, you may be entitled to compensation through a Bair Hugger lawsuit. Contact our experienced defective medical devices lawyers today for a free consultation to learn more.
BAIR HUGGER INVENTOR WARNS OF POSSIBLE DANGER
Dr. Scott Augustine, an anesthesiologist, was the creator of the first Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket in 1988. During that year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Bair Hugger system for use in surgeries. Later, Dr. Augustine concluded that his forced air warming blanket could be dangerous for surgical patients because the blanket might redirect the air from the surgical room floor and deposit contaminants into sterile surgical sites. These contaminants may cause sepsis, MRSA and deep joint infections in patients.
BAIR HUGGER LAWSUIT
If you have been injured because a Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket was used during your joint replacement surgery and you developed sepsis, a deep joint infection or MRSA, you should contact a defective product lawyer at the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani and Levy. You could qualify for compensation.
POTENTIAL BAIR HUGGER COMPLICATIONS
Forced air warming blankets like the Bair Hugger may create complications for patients in surgery as well as:
- Need for more surgeries
- Antibiotic treatments by IV
- Physical therapy
- Longer hospitalization stays
- Antibiotic spacer placed in infected joint
JOINT INFECTIONS: SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
After joint replacement surgery, some patients will develop infections that may be life threatening. Cleaning out the tissues and joints, more surgeries to replace the implant and intravenous antibiotics may be necessary. It is wise to be on the lookout for symptoms of infection such as:
- Increased fatigue
- Redness or warmth around the wound
- Chills, fever or night sweats
- Increase in pain in previously well-functioning joint
LAWSUITS AGAINST 3M
March 2014: A federal lawsuit was filed against 3M, the company that sells Bair Hugger forced air systems. Timothy Johnson claims in the lawsuit to have contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which ended in his leg amputation.
March 2013: Tommy Walton, a 70-year-old man, filed a Bair Hugger lawsuit that alleged the device caused his deep joint infection. The infection required fifteen extra surgeries and he had to have the infected device removed.
Both lawsuits above allege that 3M was aware of the risks associated with their Bair Hugger product, yet chose not to inform doctors and patients about the possible complications and repercussions. Speak to a personal injury lawyer at O’Connor, Acciani and Levy to find out what you can do to begin your Bair Hugger lawsuit right away.
CAN A BAIR HUGGER LAWSUIT HELP YOU?
If you have suffered pain and injuries because of 3M and a Bair Hugger device that was used during your surgery, you might be able to receive monetary compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
Our personal injury lawyers are ready to assist you with your Bair Hugger claim.
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE BAIR HUGGER EVALUATION
Get started on your Bair Hugger lawsuit today by contacting the Cincinnati personal injury lawyers at the law offices of O’Connor, Acciani and Levy. With years of experience representing the injured, we can help you get the justice you deserve.