What Is the 3m Bair Hugger Blanket?
The Bair Hugger Blanket manufactured by the 3M company subsidiary, Arizant Healthcare is a surgical warming blanket system which circulates hot air through tubes in a blanket draped over a surgery patient in order to maintain body temperature and thereby help reduce bleeding and expedite recovery. The Bair Hugger Blanket has been on the market for almost 30 years and has been used by well over 200 million patients.
What Is the Problem With the 3m Bair Hugger Blanket?
The problem with the Bair Hugger Blanket is that if the recirculated air moving through the system becomes contaminated, there is a greatly increased risk of infection to the patient. This is particularly dangerous when it causes deep joint or deep internal infections in patients undergoing hip/knee replacements or heart valve surgeries. Such deep infections are very difficult to treat and can frequently result in additional surgeries, amputations, joint fusion, extreme antibiotic therapy, and death. Although 3M has maintained that there are no significant risks in using the Bair Hugger Blanket, the inventor of the device – Dr. Scott Augustine – has stated that it should not be used for joint replacements or artificial heart valve replacements due to the high risk of potentially deadly infections.
3m Bair Hugger Litigation
There are presently over 1,100 defective product liability claim cases that have been filed against 3M and Arizant Healthcare by patients claiming to have developed substantial infections from the use of the Bair Hugger Blanket during their surgeries. These cases, which are from all over the country, have recently been consolidated for handling by a federal district court in Minnesota and are currently pending.
What If You Think You May Have Had an Infection From the 3m Bair Hugger Blanket?
If you or a loved one suffered health or medical complications from infection following surgery in which the 3M Bair Hugger Blanket was used, you or they may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain, suffering and disability resulting from those complications. Call Lattof & Lattof today for a free consultation regarding your potential rights. Remember that claims of this type usually have a certain time limitation within which you may take action, so it is important that you make the call as soon as you can so as to preserve your rights.