SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Bair Hugger warming blankets have become a popular device used in surgeries in the past few decades in order to regulate patient temperature.
First introduced for hospital use in the U.S. in the late 1980s, Bair Hugger warming blankets can now be found in more than 80 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.
In 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to a manufacturer of Bair Hugger warming blankets in order to warn the manufacturer of the complaints that the FDA had been receiving about the warming blankets.
Most notably, the FDA referenced a complaint they had received where a woman had received 2nd and 3rd degree burns from using a Bair Hugger warming blanket while in surgery.
It appears that, in the last five years, the Bair Hugger Warming Blankets have not been improved.
There have already been several lawsuits that have been brought against 3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger warming blankets, and similar lawsuits continue to be filed.
One of the most recent lawsuits, which was filed in July of 2015, alleges that the plaintiff became infected as a result of using one of the warming blankets during his hip replacement surgery.
According to the lawsuit, the Bair Hugger blanket caused bacteria to be blown directly onto the plaintiff during the surgery. As a result of this infection, the patient had to have three more surgeries performed on him and now has a decreased range of motion.
Bair Hugger blankets are mostly intended to prevent hypothermia in surgery patients, and they also are used to try to keep the patient from developing pressure and bed sores while they are recovering.
In other cases, however, the side effects from using the Bair Hugger blankets can be even more serious.
Other patients have developed other serious infections as the result of using the blankets with some infections even going septic. Other patients who have developed infections after using the blankets have had to have the implants from their original surgeries taken back out or even had their limbs amputated in order to prevent the spread of the resulting infection.
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