For decades, the Bair Hugger Surgical Warming Blanket has been used to keep patients warm during extensive joint surgeries. However, recent studies show that Bair Hugger Surgical Warming Blankets used during deep-joint surgical procedures have caused patients to develop serious infections. Over 3,000 surgical patients have filed suit against 3M alleging that the Bair Hugger blankets were the cause of their infections.
During joint-replacement surgery (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle), it’s important to maintain the patient’s body temperature. If the patient becomes too cold because of a dangerous drop in body temperature, they risk becoming hypothermic.
Plaintiffs who have filed Bair Hugger lawsuits claim that the design of the product allows bacteria and other contaminants on the floor of the operating room to become airborne, and can land on a patient’s exposed joints and tissues during surgery. These contaminants then cause serious deep joint infections after the surgery is complete.
Treatment for these infections includes a combination of surgeries and antibiotic therapy. In severe cases, amputation, joint fusion, or removal and a two-stage revision surgery may be necessary. Patients who are not able to have a second surgery are usually treated with long-term antibiotics.
If you have sustained injuries or harm due to a medical procedure or any type of medical device, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation right away. At The Carlson Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys are ready to pursue justice for you. We understand how complicated and difficult life can become after you have suffered serious harm.