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Find out if a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit is right for you.

What is a 3M Bair Hugger and why it may be dangerous?

McDonald Law Firm is currently investigating claims for individuals who are interested in pursuing a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit. The Bair Hugger device is a forced-air warming warming blanket that is used during medical procedures to help maintain a patient’s body temperature and prevent hypothermia. It works by heating air and then pumping it through a hose into a surgical blanket covered with holes used to distribute the warm air over the patient. The device has been used extensively during shoulder, knee and hip replacement surgeries.

Does the 3M Bair Hugger device cause post-operative infection?

Does the device increase the risk of operating room contamination?

The alleged danger associated with use of the Bair Hugger device is that it disrupts “positive air flow” in the sterile environment of the operating room. The term “positive air flow” means that air comes down from the top of the operating room and pushes bacteria to the floor, keeping the area above the floor sterile from bacteria. The Bair Hugger device forces heated air into the operating room, and when the warm air rises from the floor, it carries with it bacteria that can enter the patient’s body and cause infection at the surgical site.

Serious infections possibly linked to use of the Bair Hugger device may include:

  • Deep-joint infections
  • Peri-prosthetic joint infections
  • MRSA
  • Sepsis

3M Bear Hugger Lawsuits

Patients across the country are now pursuing lawsuits against 3M Company and its subsidiary, Arizant Healthcare, Inc. asserting that the device allowed contaminants to enter the surgery site and, as a result, caused patients to develop severe infections. Plaintiffs further allege that 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare have known the risks and intentionally concealed the dangers associated with the Bair Hugger device.

The lawsuits site several medical publications that expose the potential dangers associated with forced-air warming devices, including a 2013 article in The Bone & Joint Journal which highlights specific issues with the 3M Bair Hugger device, including that the heat from forced-air warming blankets can increase the temperature and concentration of airborne particles over the surgical site.

3M Bear Hugger MDL

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) centralized Bair Hugger lawsuits in the District of Minnesota, MDL 15-2666, under U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen.

As of January 2017 more than 1,100 lawsuits have been filed in the MDL.

Post-operative infections may lead to:

  • Increased length of hospitalization
  • Additional hospital stays
  • Additional surgeries
  • Additional prescription medications
  • Revision or removal surgery
  • Amputation
  • Joint fusion
  • Organ failure
  • Death
Did a Bair Hugger device cause your post-operative infection? We want to hear from you: 877-568-8354

What did 3M know and when did they know it?

As early as 2010, the New York Times reported that Dr. Scott Augustine, inventor of the Bair Hugger, warned of the dangers associated with using this device and advised surgeons and other physicians to quit using it during certain operations. Dr. Augustine found that the forced air warming system could cause the surgical field to become contaminated by airborne bacteria.

Did your post-surgical treatment involve the use of a 3M Bair Hugger forced-air warming system?

The vast majority of hospitals in the United States use forced air warming during surgery, and 3M’s Bair Hugger is a market leader. If you had a knee, shoulder or hip joint replacement surgery in the past five years, a Bair Hugger may have been used, and it will be reflected in your medical records.

If you or a loved one was injured or died as a result of a post-operative infection after use of a Bair Hugger warming blanket, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. We’ll handle your case on a contingency basis, which means you never owe our firm any out-of-pocket fees or expenses. We only get paid if we win compensation for you.

Is a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit right for you?

Medical device manufacturers have a duty to adequately research, test, package, and label their products and warn the public of potential dangers. Manufacturers who rush to get unsafe products to market and put profit over patient protection could face legal liability. If you or a loved one suffered from a serious post-operative infection after shoulder, knee or hip replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation.

We have the experience to battle the largest manufacturers.

McDonald Law Firm has taken on some of the world’s largest drug and medical device manufacturers. We’ve successfully represented thousands of clients who have been injured by defective medical devices and dangerous drugs, including hip implants, transvaginal mesh, silicone gel breast implants, Fen/phen, Baycol and Vioxx.

Free, Confidential Case Review:

Contact McDonald Law Firm for a free, no-obligation case review to assess your situation and review your legal options. Whether over the phone or in person, we are here to answer your questions and explain the process. Call us today at 877-803-2897.

Let’s talk.

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