Bair Hugger Infection Allegations
The 3M Bair Hugger is used during surgical procedures to regulate a patient's body temperature and prevent hypothermia. The forced air warmer system was developed by Arizant Healthcare, Inc. (now a subsidiary of the 3M Companies) more than 25 years ago, and has been used to warm more than 200 million surgical patients. The apparatus consists of a portable heater/blower connected to disposable, inflatable blanket that is draped over a patient during and after surgery. The heater takes in and warms ambient air, which is then gently forced through the hose into the blanket.
All of the Bair Hugger lawsuits pending in this proceeding were filed on behalf of hip and knee replacement patients who developed deep joint infections, which they claim resulted from Bair Hugger's allegedly defective design. Their complaints charge that use of the forced air warming can alter the flow of air in the operating room, allowing potentially contaminated air from the floor to come into contact with the patient's open wound. This greatly increases the odds that an infection will develop within the joint. Plaintiffs further allege that the 3M Company and Arizant have been aware of this problem for years, yet failed to make design changes to the Bair Hugger or issue any warnings to the medical community.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to offer free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who allegedly suffered serious deep joint infections due to the 3M Bair Hugger forced air warmer blanket. To learn more about filing a hip or knee replacement infection lawsuit, please visit the Firm's website, or contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP directly by calling 800-511-5092.
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