Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that the Bair Hugger warming device may lead to serious infections in patients having undergone hip and knee replacement surgery.
Patients suffering dangerous bacterial infections have alleged that 3M, the manufacturer of Bair Hugger, was aware of the risk of such infections at least since 2010 when the inventor of the device cautioned hospitals to cease deploying the device because of the risk of infection. It has been alleged that despite this warning from the inventor, 3M failed to inform the public of the danger of infection.
Patients who have become infected following knee and hip replacement surgery have required additional surgery, medical care, and rehabilitation.
The Case Against the Bair Hugger Post-Surgery Body Warming System
As far back as 2010, 3M, the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger warming device, was aware of a heightened risk of infection posed by post-surgery use of the Bair Hugger.
A New York Times article published on December 24, 2010 highlighted specific warnings issued by Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger device. Dr. Augustine warned that that the device is prone to spread air-borne hospital bacteria to patients who have received artificial implant devices, including hip and knee replacements.
Approximately two years after the warning from Dr. Augustine, an article in <i>Bone & Joint Journal</i> reported the results of a study finding that air circulating through the Bair Hugger can contain 2,000 times more contaminants than viable alternative warning systems.
If you were given the Bair Hugger warming device after knee or hip replacement surgery and suffered a bacterial infection warranting additional medical treatment, you are urged to contact a product lability attorney at Audet & Partners, LLP for a free, confidential Bair Hugger lawsuit case evaluation. Please complete the questionnaire on the right or give us a call at (800) 965-1461.