Commonly asked questions about bear hugger infections and complications:
- What infections and complications have been caused by Bair Hugger devices?
- What are Bair Hugger infections?
- Does Bair Hugger cause MRSA infections?
- Does Bair Hugger cause amputations?
- What are the Criteria for Filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit?
- Can I file a Bair Hugger lawsuit?
- Our no-fee promise on Bair Hugger cases
- How do I start a Bair Hugger warming blanket claim?
What Infections And Complications Have Been Caused By Bair Hugger Devices?
Bair Hugger warming blankets have allegedly caused a number of serious health complications in patients who have undergone hip replacement, knee replacement, and installment of artificial heart valves.
Complications include the risk of serious infection, including joint infection, soft tissue infection, bacterial infection, MRSA and sepsis. This can often lead to the removal of the device, and in some cases, patients have needed limb amputation due to the severity of infections.
Lawsuits are being filed against 3M, the makers of the Bair Hugger device.
What Are Bair Hugger Infections?
Lawsuits have been filed alleging that that Bair Hugger warming blankets carry a higher risk for contaminating surgical sites than other warming methods. Specifically, the suits claim Bair Hugger blankets create a significant increased risk of deep joint infection.
The manner in which the device works has posed serious questions for researchers and doctors alike, as it has been noted that forced-air warming may cause an increase in airborne particles near the surgical sites. Reports of bacterial infections and soft tissue infections have been reported.
Despite the claims made in these Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits, they continue to be utilized at hundreds of hospitals throughout the United States.
Does Bair Hugger Cause MRSA Infections?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, are a serious type of infection that is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to common antibiotic treatment.
MRSA infections are most commonly found in health care settings, due to invasive procedures and medical devices such as the Bair Hugger. Medical tubing — such as intravenous lines or urinary catheters — can provide a pathway for MRSA to travel into your body and if not treated properly, MRSA infections can be extremely dangerous. Areas of the body affected include the:
MRSA infections can be fatal if the proper precautions and treatments are not sought.
Does Bair Hugger Cause Amputations?
In extreme cases, infections caused by the Bair Hugger warming blankets can force doctors consider amputation of the affected areas. Some patients who have suffered serious infections from the Bair Hugger blankets have had an arm or leg amputated in order to prevent the spread of the deadly infection. The design causes excess heat from the forced-air warming blanket to create hot-air currents between the surgeon and the patient, transporting floor-level air (with all its contaminants) up, into the surgical site.
The loss of a limb can result in high settlement amounts because of the significant effect this has on the lives of the patient affected, and his or her family members.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit?
The 3M Bair Hugger is a force hot air warming blanket, used primarily to help maintain a patient’s body temperature during surgery. The 3M Bair Hugger pushes warm air through a flexible hose into a blanket draped over a patient.
However, warming blankets can recirculate contaminated air over a patient’s body, including over an open surgical site. This may result in infections like MRSA or sepsis.
In particular, patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery are at risk of infections deep in the joint, which is very difficult to treat.
Complications from these infections include hospitalization, implant revision surgery, limited mobility, permanent disability, amputation and death.
To file a Bair Hugger Lawsuit, the following criteria must be met:
- Underwent total hip or total knee replacement
- Surgery occurred after September 9, 2010
- Infection occurred within one year of the hip or knee replacement
- Infection was so severe that it resulted in the eventual removal of the initial hip or knee replacement device
Can I File A Bair Hugger Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by a Bair Hugger warming blanket.
Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs.
If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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How Do I Start A Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Claim?
Our Bair Hugger warming blanket lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit claims.