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Surgical Warming Blanket Lawsuit

Did you or a loved one undergo a hip or knee replacement surgery between 2014 to present, and develop and infection within 1 year of the surgery requiring an additional surgery?

Bair Hugger lawsuits claimed the surgical warming blankets led to serious infections that required additional surgery or amputations.

After knee and/or hip replacement surgeries some patients had complications resulting in deep-joint infections that were difficult to treat. Some lost limbs to infections or had a loved one die. Patients say they developed MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which is an antibiotic-resistant infection that can lead to skin infection, sepsis, pneumonia and bloodstream infections.

Lawsuits claim infections caused:

  • Additional surgeries
  • Hospitalization
  • Amputation
  • Death
Surgical Warming Blanket Lawsuit

Surgical Warming Blanket Lawsuit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received hundreds of adverse event reports, including multiple reports about patient deaths, relating to Bair Hugger devices since 2013.

In January 2018, 3M recalled 165,000 Bair Hugger warming blankets for a design defect. Some blankets failed to fully inflate after the company redesigned the system’s underbody blankets. 3M warned in its recall letter that partial inflation could prevent proper warming.

3M and Arizant continue to advertise the blankets as safe and effective in all surgeries, including orthopedic procedures. The manufacturers contend that 170 studies have found forced-air warming to be safe.

However, Dr. Scott Augustine — the inventor of Bair Hugger products — claims those studies are misleading and measured the wrong things. He has urged 3M and Arizant to recall the devices.

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