Bair Hugger blanket lawsuits
Defective medical device attorneys helping patients whose health was compromised by warming blankets devices during surgery.
The Bair Hugger device used in knee and hip replacements or open-chest surgeries to keep patients warm, is claimed to facilitate severe infections by forcing air with bacteria on the surgery table, causing potentially life-threatening harm or injuries.
3M, manufacturer of trademark Bair Hugger, was sued over the device mostly known as a warming blanket in orthopedic joint surgeries. Some plaintiffs who got infections from hip surgery had several additional operations to fix the devastating infection, which has also been covered in the media.
It has been implicated also in cardiac infections from surgery.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are at the top the list of medical complications alleged by plaintiffs in some of the cases filed across the United States.
Heater-cooler devices are often used during surgeries to warm or cool patients as part of their care. They include tanks that provide temperature-controlled water to external heat exchangers or to warming/cooling blankets through closed water circuits, adjusted to temperatures best suited to the type of surgery being performed.
Airborne transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera bacteria from heater–cooler units have been researched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):