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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Bair Hugger is a warming Device is a forced-air warming devices that can cause serious surgical site infections. Corporate giant 3M’s BAIR HUGGER Warming Device is a convective system that transfers heat by circulating warm-air around the patient’s body. When the warm air if forced down and out of the blanket (i.e. waste heat), it collects bacteria from the floor and re-circulates it up to and onto the surgical site, contaminating the sterile surgical environment and increasing the risk of infection. Further, forced air blowers can be contaminated themselves with bacteria growing in their internal airflow paths and are breeding ground for contaminates.

3M proclaims that during the past 25 years, more than 165 million patients worldwide have been warmed perioperatively using its Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming device. To market this product, 3M touted the benefits of patient warming to include reduced wound infections (soft tissue), reduced blood loss, reduced cardiac events, lower mortality rates, and shortened hospital stays. However, 3M knew that implanted knee and hip devices creates a favorable environment for staph infection. This will require removal of the implanting knee or hip device, loss of full capacity and mobility of daily living, amputation, and possibly even death.

BCA is accepting cases where a patient had a staph infection after knee or hip replacement surgery as they may be entitled to significant compensation.

Click here to learn more about Bair Hugger Hip/Knee Infection Lawsuits.

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