Bair Hugger® Warming Blanket Injury Lawyer
The Bair Hugger® forced-air warming blankets are medical devices commonly used during orthopedic surgeries to manage the body temperature of patients, which can reduce the risk of bleeding and improve surgical outcomes. The Bair Hugger warming device involves a heater unit that delivers warmed air through a flexible hose to the blanket, which is placed either around, over, or underneath the patient. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of Bair Hugger, 3M Company, alleging that this discharged air circulates germs and bacteria over the patient’s surgical site leading to deep joint infections, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).1
According to a 2012 study published in the Bone & Joint Journal, the use of the forced-air warming system resulted in a significant increase in the number of particles over the surgical site when compared with an alternative warming device, “which raises concern as bacteria are known to require particles for transport.” As a result of the infections, patients may experience the following complications:
- Surgical repair surgeries
- Implant revision surgeries
- Joint fusions
- Long-term antibiotic therapy
- Permanent disability
Given the increased number of Bair Hugger cases filed across the nation, in December 2015, all actions were consolidated and transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota before Honorable Joan N. Ericksen (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2666, Transfer Order). On February 23, 2016, Judge Ericksen appointed Kristine Kraft of Schlichter Bogard & Denton to sit on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC), a committee of experienced attorneys responsible for working with Lead Counsel on strategic decision-making on behalf of all MDL plaintiffs.
If you or someone you know suffered an infection after undergoing orthopedic surgery in which the Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket was used, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced trial attorneys for a free and confidential case consultation. You can also request an evaluation by clicking on the Free & Confidential Consultation Form, and one of our attorneys will review your inquiry and contact you immediately.