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Commonly asked questions about bear hugging joint infection lawsuits:

How Do Bair Hugger Warming Blankets Work?

Bair Hugger surgical warming blankets work by pushing warm air through a hose into a blanket covering a patient. The device releases warm air over a patient’s body, and under the surgical table. The air released under the table has the potential to cause germs and bacteria to spread throughout the room, landing on a patient’s surgical site. This can occur more specifically with a hip or knee replacemen and can cause an infection such as sepsis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Unfortunately, these infections are very difficult to treat when they occur deep in a patient’s joint.

Why Are Bair Hugger Warming Blankets Dangerous?

Bair Hugger warming blankets have been the subject of recent controversy due to a link between the devices and serious bacterial infections.

It is believed that the warming blankets can cause dangerous, contaminated air to move from the floor of the operating room into open surgical areas. This can lead to a number of medical complications, including serious joint infection.

Deep joint infections are dangerous, and can cause a number of problems that can alter and reduce the quality of life in many individuals.

Do Bair Hugger Devices Cause Joint Infections?

Bacterial infections of joints can be caused by a number of different pathogens coming into contact with open surgical areas. The Bair Hugger warming blankets are believed to be the vehicle by which these pathogens are transferred in the operating room. Often times the warming blankets are used during knee and joint replacement procedures, so the joints are exposed. One type of deep joint infection that is caused by bacteria is known as septic arthritis, and can be debilitating and destructive. Patients who are diagnosed with this type of infection often require immediate treatment, hospitalization, and sometimes additional surgeries. If you or a loved one have suffered from a deep join infection after surgery that involved a Bair Hugger warming blanket, you may be entitled to compensation.

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 Warming Blanket 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:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. 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.

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  1. Lawsuits turn up heat on 3M’s Bair Hugger warming blankets – Star Tribune
  2. Bair Hugger – 3M
  3. Doctor Say a Device He Invented Poses Risks – The New York Times