3M™ Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming (FAW) Blanket Linked To Joint Infection in Knee & Hip Patients.

Kentucky Defective Medical Device Attorneys Offering a Free Case Evaluation For Anyone Who Experienced a Deep Joint Infection Following Knee Replacement or Hip Implant Surgery – Get Your Free Consultation Now!

A recent study found that use of a Bair Hugger™ Warming Blanket has been linked to numerous deep joint infections in patients after a hip implant or knee replacement surgery. 3M™, the leading manufacturer of the Bair Hugger™,  is facing multiple lawsuits.

What Is a Bair Hugger™ Forced Air Warming (FAW) Blanket?
How Does A Warming Blanket Work?

Nothing. What’s even more surprising is, the inventor of the Bair Hugger™ blanket warned 3M™ about the infection risk as early as 2010. So, 3M™ knew the risk, and still refused to modify the blanket’s design or usage procedures. Our law firm believes this is negligent behavior, and we are accepting individual claims against 3M™ for anyone who developed a joint infection after knee replacement surgery or a hip replacement procedure. Our experienced team of Defective Medical Device attorneys is intent on holding this manufacturer responsible for knowingly putting patients at risk.

How Can The Bair Hugger™ Blanket Cause A Joint Infection?

The Bair Hugger™ expels excess heated air below the surgery table during use. This stirs up airborne contaminants below the table. Then, the machine recirculates the contaminants and disperses them into the blanket, around the surgery site. During a knee replacement or hip replacement surgery, bacteria and other contaminants can easily enter the wound and lead to a deep joint infection. These infections can be very serious such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). As a result of a deep joint infection believed to be caused by a Bair Hugger™ blanket, one patient has had to have his leg amputated at the knee.

How Do You Know The Infection Is Caused By The Warming Blanket?

The Bone & Joint Journal released a study in 2012 which measured the amount of contaminants found while performing a simulated procedure. The patient was a mannequin under a warming blanket. Their findings indicated up to 2,000 more contaminant particles dispersed around the surgery site.

Based on the findings of this study, patients face a 74% increased risk of infection when a warming blanket is used during their surgery.

What Has Been Done By The Manufacturer (3M™) To Remedy This?

The Bone & Joint Journal released a study in 2012 which measured the amount of contaminants found while performing a simulated procedure. The patient was a mannequin under a warming blanket. Their findings indicated up to 2,000 more contaminant particles dispersed around the surgery site.

Based on the findings of this study, patients face a 74% increased risk of infection when a warming blanket is used during their surgery.

What Has Been Done By The Manufacturer (3M™) To Remedy This?

The Bone & Joint Journal released a study in 2012 which measured the amount of contaminants found while performing a simulated procedure. The patient was a mannequin under a warming blanket. Their findings indicated up to 2,000 more contaminant particles dispersed around the surgery site.

Based on the findings of this study, patients face a 74% increased risk of infection when a warming blanket is used during their surgery.

Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Blanket Resources.

Kentucky Defective Medical Device Attorneys.

The experienced defective medical device attorneys  of The Shelton Law Group are offering a Free Consultation to those who developed an infection after a knee replacement procedure or hip implant surgery. Because of the wide use of the Bair Hugger™ warming blanket during these procedures, there is a strong chance that one of these devices was used. You may be eligible for compensation for this manufacturer’s carelessness. Click here to get your Free Consultation and get started today.