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Bair Hugger warming blankets used by hospitals to maintain patients’ body temperature during surgeries, can spread bacteria and cause severe infections in patients undergoing knee or hip replacement procedures, according to Bair Hugger lawsuits claims. The Bair Hugger complaints allege patients have undergone revision surgeries and amputations due to infections such as sepsis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In some instances, additional surgeries are needed to clean the infected areas and remove the artificial implants. According to the complaints, the Bair Hugger forced-air warming blankets produce hot air that builds up in areas around the patient, particularly under the surgical drape covering the patient. When hot air escapes and is pushed down to the floor, the hot air picks up bacteria and other pathogens from the floor and deposits them into the surgical site, the Bair Hugger lawsuits explain.
Alonso Krangle LLP is evaluating Bair Hugger Lawsuit | Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits due to the severe infections suffered by patients who underwent joint replacement surgeries in which Bair Hugger warming blankets were used. If you experienced infections such as sepsis, MRSA, or other complications, please contact the Bair Hugger Lawsuit Lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP today. For more information about Alonso Krangle and filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit, please contact us or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com
3M’s Bair Hugger Warming Blanket
Bair Hugger warming blankets are marketed and made by the 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare subsidiary. The warming blanket, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1987, prevents patients from experiencing hypothermia during surgery. According to 3M, filtered air flows through a warming unit that gently and evenly disperses the air throughout the attached blanket, which is isolated from the surgical site by an adhesive strip on the blanket and surgical barrier drapes.
[fawfacts.com/_asset/bhbscr/FAW-Facts, 3M, 2012]
Dr. Scott Augustine, who created the warming device, has changed his mind about his invention. Dr. Augustine told the New York Times in 2010 that the blanket is dangerous to patients having artificial heart valve implants and joint replacements because the forced-air has the potential to spread bacteria acquired from the hospital. Dr. Augustine says he now favors a warming device that does not use forced air and works like an electric blanket.
[nytimes.com/2010/12/25/business/25invent.html?_r=1, New York Times, December 24, 2010]
Forced-Air Warming Device Study
A study published in The Bone Joint Journal in March 2013 found waste heat from forced-air warming blankets can increase the temperature and concentration of airborne particles over the surgical site. Researchers discovered waste heat significantly disrupts the airflow in operating rooms, and draws potentially contaminated particles from below the operating table and into the surgical site.
[bjj.boneandjoint.org.uk/content/95-B/3/407.abstract, Bone Joint Journal, March 2013]
Bair Hugger Lawsuits
Court documents indicate that plaintiffs in Bair Hugger lawsuits asked a federal judicial panel in August 2015 to transfer 14 pending Bair Hugger lawsuits to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota for coordinated pretrial proceedings. 3M asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to deny the consolidation request. The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits purport that 3M and its Arizant Healthcare subsidiary, failed to warn that the warming blankets increases the risk of infection in patients having joint replacement procedures.
(In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
About Alonso Krangle LLP and Filing A Bair Hugger Lawsuit
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, defective device attorneys with 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A nationwide law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and New Jersey.
Alonso Krangle is offering free legal Bair Hugger Lawsuit evaluations to patients who suffered prosthetic joint infections such as sepsis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA due to using the Bair Hugger warming blanket during surgery. For more information about Alonso Krangle and filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit, please contact us or visit our website, https://www.FightForVictims.com