Keeping patients warm during surgery increases circulation—a factor that has been shown to aid patient recovery. And in more than 80% of U.S. hospitals, the Bair Hugger™ inflatable blanket is used to circulate warm air over surgical patients. But studies show that air circulated by the device can pick up bacteria from open surgical wounds, which may increase the risk of severe infections.
If you or someone you love had joint replacement surgery and suffered a serious, unexplained infection, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At Norris Injury Lawyers, we have years of experience helping patients harmed by defective medical devices. Call us 24/7 at (800) 477-7510 or complete our free online consultation form to get help from a defective product lawyer now.
Bair Hugger™ Infection Risk
In 2010, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, inventor of the Bair Hugger™, told The New York Times that he wanted hospitals to stop using the device during certain types of operations because forced air can spread bacteria and increase the risk of hospital-acquired infections.
Less than one year later, a study published in The Bone and Joint Journal showed that using forced air patient warming devices, like the Bair Hugger™, can increase the risk of deep joint infection by 380% compared to using conductive fabric warming.
Types of hospital infections that may be linked to the Bair Hugger™ include:
- Minor infections
- Deep tissue infections
- Blood infections (sepsis)
Even when treated quickly, infections caused by the Bair Hugger™ can lead to serious complications that require additional medical treatment to correct.
What Types of Surgeries Use Bair Hugger™ blankets?
Bair Huggers™ are often used on patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures, such as:
- Hip replacement surgeries
- Knee replacement surgeries
- Shoulder replacement surgeries
Did My Doctor Use a Bair Hugger™?
Bair Huggers™ are used while patients are unconscious, and you may be unsure if the device was used during your surgery. If you suffered an infection after surgery, we want to talk to you. Our legal team is ready to examine your hospital records to help determine your rights to compensation.
Get Help With Your Bair Hugger™ Lawsuit
If you or someone you love suffered a hospital infection after surgery, you have a limited amount of time to take action. Put Norris Injury Lawyers to work on your case today. Our No Fee Guarantee® means there’s no cost or obligation to contact us, and you won’t pay us anything unless you win or settle your case. Don’t wait. Call our personal injury lawyer team at (800) 477-7510 or complete our free online consultation form today.
Bair Hugger™ is a trademark of 3M and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with 3M, The Bone and Joint Journal, or The New York Times.