NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit has been filed against 3M due to their Bair Hugger warming device allegedly developing infections in surgical patients, according to the Louisiana Record.
The lawsuit was filed Feb. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on the grounds that the manufacturer exhibited negligence, fraud and breach of the implied warranty.
The lawsuit alleges the device’s power was reduced, allowing a buildup of contaminants to occur. It also claims the defendant knew about this hazard but did not fix it or provide sufficient warning.
The lawsuit cited a report that 3M falsely represented their product to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to gain device approval.
The plaintiff is reportedly pursuing compensation for damages brought on by the economic burden of medical expenses fees, and other factors incurred due to the Bair Hugger infection.
“3M wants patients, surgeons and hospitals to know that there is absolutely no merit to these claims,” 3M said in a statement in response to the lawsuit. “In over 25 years and more than 200 million patients warmed successfully by 3M’s patient warming products, there is not a single confirmed incident of infection caused by the Bair Hugger system.”
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