Have You Been Harmed By a Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket?
Get help from experienced products liability lawyers in Oklahoma City
Many surgical patients have recently reported unusual infections at the site of their joint replacement injury, often requiring additional surgeries. These infections have been linked to a medical device used during surgery. The device, which has come under scrutiny, is called the Bair Hugger surgical blanket. If this device has harmed you, you need the help of an experienced products liability attorney.
At Cunningham & Mears, we’re dedicated to helping people in Oklahoma City injured by defective medical products, including the highly dangerous Bair Huggers forced air blanket. If you or your loved one suffered an injury, we are here to help.
What makes the Bair Hugger forced air blanket dangerous?
Blankets like the Bair Hugger forced air blanket are designed to send warm air to the site of a patient’s surgery to help keep patients warm during an operation. Warm air is intended to slow bleeding, promote healing and decrease the time it takes to recover from a surgery. The blankets are typically used during surgeries, including hip and knee replacements.
The problem with the Bair Hugger blankets is that, in addition to covering the patient in warm air, they spray warm air under the operating table as well. This air picks up all sorts of bacteria, viruses and other microbes which can then find their way into the open surgical site.
Many patients who have had surgery where the Bair Hugger surgical blankets were used experienced postoperative infections such as:
- Staph infections such as MRSA
- Septic infections
- Deep joint infections
Infections that reach plastic or metal implants can be very difficult for the body’s immune system to fight. In addition to increasing healing times, these infections can necessitate additional surgeries, additional painful joint replacements or even amputation. Even if your surgeon performed a flawless operation, the use of the forced air blanket may have exposed you to dangerous pathogens.
Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket injury lawsuits
Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket, began campaigning against the product he invented after stepping down as chairperson and chief executive of Arizant Healthcare Inc. in 2002. Dr. Augustine claims that using Bair Hugger therapy can expose the patient to infectious bacteria during and post-surgery if the recycled air lands on the surgical site.
Since Dr. Augustine’s allegations about the Bair Hugger product, there have been about 3,000 lawsuits alleging that their infections were because of the use of a Bair Hugger warming blanket. The lawsuits were centralized into multidistrict litigation In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2666 in federal court in Minnesota. The first of the bellwether trials for Bair Hugger products will be held in February 2018.
The FDA has not issued a recall for Bair Hugger products and it continues to issue clearances for the updated versions of the medical device.
If you or a loved one has suffered an infection after a surgery involving a Bair Hugger blanket, contact our Oklahoma City products liability attorneys to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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If you or a loved one experienced an infection after a surgery involving a Bair Hugger forced air blanket, contact Cunningham & Mears today. We serve the injured and their families throughout the Oklahoma City area. Call 405-212-9234 today to schedule a free consultation.