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Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits

hospital-736568_1280Everything You Need to Know About Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits

Bair Hugger warming blankets have been used for decades to keep people warm during orthopedic surgery. Unfortunately, recent studies have linked the use of Bair Huggers to an increased rate of infections. Find out everything you need about Bair Hugger lawsuits today.

What Are Bair Hugger Warming Blankets?

Bair Hugger warming blankets are part of the Bair Hugger Therapy system. They’ve been used in hospitals and clinics across America for decades.

The Bair Hugger Therapy system consists of temperature management equipment that uses forced-air warming to prevent and treat hypothermia in patients. Almost all patients become hypothermic during surgery, which means their bodies lose heat faster than they produce heat. Bair Hugger systems were found to be one of the most effective ways to prevent surgery-induced hypothermia.

Recent studies have indicated that using Bair Huggers during procedures could lead to infections. Additionally, the inventor of Bair Huggers himself claims that the products are faulty.

Today, some of the patients who used Bair Huggers are now filing lawsuits against the device’s manufacturer, Arizant (which is now owned by 3M).

Since Bair Huggers were first released in 1988, they’ve been used on more than 180 million patients across America and are actively in use at 80% of America’s hospitals today.

What Are the Serious Concerns of Bair Huggers?

The device’s original inventor, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, no longer recommends using the system during surgery. He says his medical device “should not be used in patients receiving implants, including knee implants, hip implants and artificial heart valves, because the device can spread bacteria linked to infections.”

Dr. Augustine resigned from his company in 2002. Since then, he has campaigned against his invention. In a New York Times article, he said:

“I am very proud of the old technology. But I am also proud to spread the word that there is a problem.”

The problem is specifically related to orthopedic surgery. In a response to Dr. Augustine’s comments, the manufacturer of Bair Huggers (Arizant) points to 170 studies that prove forced-air warming technology is beneficial for maintaining body temperature during surgery.

Dr. Augustine counters that none of those studies analyzed forced-air warming during orthopedic surgery.

The studies that have measured forced-air warming during orthopedic surgery have been worrying. In 2011, for example, a study concluded there “was a significant increase in deep joint infection when using forced-air warming compared to conductive fabric warming during orthopedic procedures.”

Another study from 2012 showed that forced-air warming near the surgical site could disrupt ventilation airflows, which are typically used to eliminate airborne germs.

Several more studies in 2012 and 2013 led to similar conclusions.

Side Effects of Bair Huggers Problems

Those who have experienced problems with Bair Huggers may experience dangerous side effects, including:

-Hospitalization

-Implant revision surgery (one patient named Tommy Walton claimed he was forced to undergo 15 revision surgeries after an infection involving a Bair Hugger device)

-Permanent disability (another plaintiff, Renny Schackmann, claims he suffered permanent physical impairment from a Bair Hugger device-related infection)

-Amputation

-Death (untreated deep joint infections can cause death)

How to Proceed with a Bair Hugger Lawsuit

If you or someone you love developed an infection after a surgical procedure that used a Bair Hugger device, then you may wish to file a lawsuit against Arizant (a subsidiary of 3M).

The lawsuits that have currently been filed claim that 3M knew the risks of infection with Bair Hugger warming blankets but attempted to conceal the evidence and discredit scientific data that proved otherwise.

Patients who experienced infections from Bair Hugger warming blankets are seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and punitive damages.

To schedule a free consultation with Bair Hugger lawsuit specialists in Oklahoma City, please contact Johnson & Biscone through our contact form or call 405-232-6490 for immediate assistance.