Used in more than 80% of U.S. hospitals, the Bair Hugger™ is an inflatable blanket used to circulate warm air over surgical patients. But widespread use of the device doesn’t guarantee its safety, and there has been information published suggesting that the Bair Hugger may increase the risk of deep surgical infections following knee and hip replacements.
If you or a loved one developed a serious, unexplained infection after joint replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. At Cory Watson Attorneys, our legal team is ready to fight for you. Your time to file a Bair Hugger lawsuit is limited—contact us now. Dial (877) 562-0000 or complete a free online consultation form today.
Who is at risk for infections after use of Bair Hugger™?
Surgeons often use forced-air warming blankets during a variety of procedures, including:
- Hip replacement surgeries
- Knee replacement surgeries
Because these blankets are often used while patients are under anesthesia, you may not know if the device was used during your procedure. Cory Watson Attorneys can help. If you suffered a hospital infection after a joint replacement surgery, our team can review your medical records and determine if a Bair Hugger may have caused you harm.
Bair Hugger™ Blankets Are Suspected of Spreading Bacteria
The New York Times reported that Dr. Scott D. Augustine, inventor of the Bair Hugger, believed hospitals should stop using the device during certain types of operations because it can spread bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
The Bone and Joint Journal published a study that reported forced-air warming devices—such as the Bair Hugger—may increase the risk of deep joint infection by 380% compared to conductive warming fabrics.
What types of infections are allegedly linked to the Bair Hugger™?
Forced-air warming blankets are suspected of causing:
- Deep tissue infections
- Blood infections (sepsis)
Surgical infections often require additional medical and surgical treatment to correct. In serious cases, amputation may be required.
You May Have a Bair Hugger™ Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered a serious infection after joint replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the defective medical device lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys to discuss your claim today—just call (877) 562-0000 or complete a free online consultation form now.
Bair Hugger™ is a trademark of 3M and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with 3M, The Bone and Joint Journal, or The New York Times.