BAIR HUGGER WARMING BLANKET INFECTION INFORMATION

A forced-air warming blanket known as the Bair Hugger may be used during surgery to help regulate body temperature.  This device may be linked to post-surgical infections.

HOW THE BAIR HUGGER BLANKET WORKS

The warming blanket helps maintain a patient’s body temperature during surgery. Keeping the body at proper temperature has proven to reduce bleeding, speed up recovery time, and provide other benefits. Forced-air warming systems, fluid warming systems, intravenous fluid warming, and warming blankets often are used during surgery to help maintain a patient’s body temperature as close to normal as possible.

HISTORY OF THE BAIR HUGGER

The inventor Dr. Scott D. Augustine, has come out with warnings that his invention is a danger to surgical patients receiving implant devices because the warmed air – which is carried through a hose to the Bair Hugger – can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections.

Click here to read the New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/business/25invent.html?_r=0

LITIGATION UPDATE

The Multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been centralized in Minnesota before Judge Joan Ericksen as of December 11, 2016.  There are over 70 federal lawsuits filed alleging injuries from the Bair Hugger warming blanket.

The Bair Hugger MDL 15-2666 can be found here:  http://www.mnd.uscourts.gov/MDL-Bair-Hugger/index.shtml

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FILING A LAWSUIT

If you or a loved one suffered a post-surgical infection after using a Bair Hugger warming blanket only a qualified personal injury attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages.  We are currently accepting Bair Hugger cases in all 50 states.