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What Is The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket?
The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket, which uses a Forced Air Warming (FAW) system, is a device that is placed on a patient’s body during a surgery. During long surgeries, like hip or knee implants where the patient is under anesthesia, the body has a hard time regulating its proper temperature, so doctors use this device. It keeps the body warm for the duration of the surgery. 3M, a large manufacturing company, now manufactures the product.
Have There Been Bair Hugger Lawsuits?
Several Bair Hugger lawsuits have been filed over the past several years, alleging that the Warming Blanket caused the injured patients to develop serious infections in their joints, especially for hip and knee replacement operations. Because the lawsuits are so new, there have been no recorded jury verdicts or settlements against 3M related to the Bair Hugger. However, with an increased amount of medical studies being performed and the evidence mounting, it is believed that more and more Bair Hugger lawsuits will be filed.
What Injuries Does The Bair Hugger Allegedly Cause?
The inventor of the device, a doctor, claims that his device is dangerous because it can cause severe and painful infections, including MRSA, which can lead to increased medical care, amputation of infected limbs, and even death.
The inventor claims that many types of infections can be caused by the dangerous nature of the device, and he admitted that the device was not designed as effectively as it should be. He claims that there are other devices on the market that do as good of a job at keeping patients warm, but that have a reduced risk of infection based on their design. He wants to make sure that 3M is held responsible for continuing to promote a product that it knows to be dangerous.
What Surgeries Is The Bair Hugger Used On?
The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket is used for lengthy surgeries that require anesthesia. It was originally used for soft-tissue surgeries, but has gained popularity in surgeries on bones and joints, also known as orthopedic procedures. The Bair Hugger is used very often on surgeries for hip and knee replacements because those surgeries are so long and very common.
The inventor claims that during the 170 tests conducted prior to FDA approval, the Bair Hugger was never tested during orthopedic procedures. According to one of 3M’s websites, their Forced Air Warming system has been used in over 180 million surgeries of all kinds. They advertise that it should be used each time a surgery requires anesthesia.
How Does The Bair Hugger Allegedly Cause Infections?
The FAW system rests on the floor and the blanket unit is placed over the patient. The FAW pulls in air, warms it up, and delivers it throughout the blanket part of the system. When the device expels the warm air, it disrupts the particles that are resting near the ground, which can contain bacteria. Because heat rises, the microscopic particles float throughout the room, where they can land on the hip or knee implants.
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Why Are Hip and Knee Surgeries The Most Vulnerable?
Hip and knee implants are alleged to lead to more infections when using the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket because the body cannot properly fight the bacteria on the implant. The bacteria that is kicked up by the Bair Hugger can land on the implant itself, which is then placed in the body and causes an infection. Because hip and knee implants are usually made of metal, the body’s immune system cannot properly defeat the infection, which can spread throughout the bloodstream and cause serious injuries.
Are There Studies That Show The Bair Hugger Causes Injuries?
Aside from the statements made by the inventor of the Bair Hugger, there have been several important studies linking the device to dangerous infections.
- In 2013, a study by The Bone & Joint Journal concluded that Forced Air Warming blankets like the Bair Hugger cause potentially dangerous particles to float through the room due to the increased heat.
- Another 2013 study, by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, warned that 96% of the Bair Hugger systems it tested were dispersing significantly high levels of contaminants.
Has There Been A Bair Hugger Recall?
So far there has been no Bair Hugger Warming Blanket recall issued by the manufacturer or the FDA. Even though the inventor has been claiming that the product is defective for several years, medical studies have only been published recently, which scientifically indicate that the product is defective. Additionally, most studies suggest that there needs to be further studies conducted, which definitively link the Bair Hugger to infections. Once there is conclusive evidence that the Bair Hugger helps to cause surgical site infections, there may be a recall issued by the FDA.
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If you suffered an infection after undergoing a surgery in which the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket was used, you may be entitled to compensation. You could receive a cash settlement for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other potential losses. Our firm is working with experienced lawyers that can file a Bair Hugger lawsuit for you. They charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form on our website.