Recent lawsuits allege that the Bair Hugger warming blankets that are used to keep surgical patients warm during surgery can lead to unintended infections by pushing warm contaminated air from the operating room into sterile surgical sites, thereby leading to serious infections that may cause serious harm, requiring additional surgery, and/or the need for other significant medical treatment.
The Bair Hugger temperature management system delivers warmed or room-temperature air directly to a Bair Hugger blanket via a flexible hose, or it delivers room-temperature air to the patient cooling set, which, when filled with common ice, cools the air before delivering it to a Bair Hugger blanket. Depending on the Bair Hugger blanket model used, the blanket is placed around, over, or underneath the patient. Small perforations in the patient-side of the blanket disperse the air over the patient. The Bair Hugger temperature management system can be used to provide patient thermal comfort when conditions exist that may cause patients to become too warm or too cold, and can be used with adult and pediatric patients. Source
In official documents filed with the FDA in 1997, the original manufacturer of the Bair Hugger blanket listed certain safety information regarding the medical device, including “Contamination: Airborne contamination from air blown intraoperatively across the surgical wound may result in airborne contamination. Prevention of airborne contamination: All Bair Hugger Blankets designed for use in the operating room feature a tape barrier which prevent air from migrating toward the surgical site. Additionally, air is filtered through a 0.2 micron filter …” Source
The Bair Hugger lawsuits allege that the Bair Hugger blankets, used during major surgeries such as hip surgery, shoulder replacement surgery, and knee replacement surgery, have caused patients to contract serious infections, such as MRSA and deep joint infections, leading to a second (or more) surgery, revisions, and even amputations, requiring longer hospitalizations and extensive physical therapy.
There have been at least 14 Bair Hugger lawsuits filed: a Texas man who had hip replacement surgery in 2011 filed a Bair Hugger lawsuit in 2013, alleging that he acquired a severe infection so bad from the use of the Bair Hugger blanket during his surgery that he required 15 additional surgeries and the removal of his hip replacement. The Texas man alleges in his lawsuit that the Bair Hugger blanket was defective due to inadequate warnings and the lack of adequate pre-marketing and post-marketing testing. A Kansas man filed a Bair Hugger lawsuit in 2014, alleging that he acquired MRSA as a result of his knee replacement surgery during which the Bair Hugger blanket was used.
One of the Bair Hugger plaintiffs has filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, seeking that the Bair Hugger lawsuits filed throughout the United States be centralized in order to reduce discovery costs, lead to consistent legal rulings, and preserve court resources.
If you or a loved one suffered serious harm following the use of the Bair Hugger blanket during surgery, you should promptly seek a lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your Bair Hugger blanket claim for you and represent you in a Bair Hugger blanket lawsuit, if appropriate.
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