Memphis Defective Medical Device Attorneys Protecting Patients Injured After Using Bair Hugger Warming Blankets in Surgery
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The Bair Hugger is a blanket warming system used in operating rooms during surgery to regulate the patient’s body temperature. There have been reports of complications associated with the use of warming blankets. These complications include deep joint infections. While the blankets have been found to be effective at keeping patients temperature under control during and following surgery, some who are critical of the product say that the circulating warm air spreads bacteria to the surgical site, thus increasing the patient’s risk for infections.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a serious infection after a surgery where a 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket was used, the defective medical device attorneys at the Tennessee injury law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, are available to discuss your case and fight for compensation on your behalf.
What is a 3M Bair Hugger?
A Bair Hugger is a surgical blanket which is designed to help maintain the patient’s body temperature during surgery. The blanket blows warm air over the patient to ward off hypothermia while the patient is under anesthesia.
What injuries have been linked with the 3M Bair Hugger blanket?
Dr. Scott Augustine invented the Bair Hugger in 1988, but later discovered that there was a flaw in the blanket’s design which could allow the circulating warm air to spread bacteria to the open surgical site which can lead to patients contracting hospital-acquired infections. A research study published in the American Journal of Infection Control reports that about 58% of warming blankets in the study emitted airborne contaminants. Some of the plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits claim the following injuries:
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) antibiotic-resistant infection
- Hip and knee implant infection
- Shoulder implant infection
Treatments for complications from these injuries can include the following:
- Revision surgeries
- Intravenous antibiotics
- Physical therapy
Bair Hugger lawsuits
Bellwether trials for two Bair Hugger products liability cases are set to go to trial in 2018. Skaar, et al. v. 3M Co., et al., 16-cv-2969 and Gareis v. 3M Co., et al., 16-cv-4187. The verdicts from these trials will help the parties estimate how a jury might rule in similar cases.
Working with a skilled dangerous medical device attorney
The fact that there is a multidistrict litigation scheduled does not preclude other individual lawsuits to proceed. If you have suffered an injury after a surgery where a Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket was used, you may have a legal claim. The skilled Memphis defective medical device attorneys at Bailey & Greer will review your case and advise you of your legal options. Having the right legal representation makes all the difference when you are dealing with complex cases such as defective medical device liability. We can leverage our experience helping other clients recover compensation. You can feel confident that you have strong, competent representation.
If you prevail, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses for treatment of the injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. We are here to protect your right and to obtain justice for you.
Know your rights after you have been hurt by a dangerous drug or medical device
The Memphis defective medical device lawyers at Bailey & Greer, PLLC, handle injury cases throughout Tennessee. You can make sure your rights are protected in a dangerous medical device or drug case by calling us toll free at 901-475-7434 or by filling out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We have the knowledge, experience, and integrity to help you win your case and recover your losses.