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Lawsuits Link Hip and Knee Replacement infections to Bair Hugger warming blanket

The lawsuits are piling up against 3M and its subsidiary, Arizant, for infections linked to the Bair Hugger warming blanket, at least 82 of which are hip and knee replacement patients. The Bair Hugger, a single-use forced-air warming blanket used on patients to help maintain normal body temperature during surgery, is a popular device used on more than 100 million surgical patients since its introduction in the late 1980s. The Bair Hugger blanket is intended to keep the patient warm during surgery. It is proven that when a patient is under anesthesia for any length of time, the body temperature may drop ... Read More

Infection Following Joint Surgery After Using Bair Hugger Blanket Resulted in 15 Surgeries for 70-year-old Patient

The Bair Hugger, a single-use forced-air warming blanket used on patients to help maintain normal body temperature during surgery, is a popular device used in 4 out of 5 hospitals in the U.S. It was invented by Dr. Scott Augustine, an anesthesiologist, and was used in 22 million surgeries just last year. But according to Tommy Walton, a 70-year-old at the time of his hip replacement, the Bair Hugger is not safe. Walton has now sued 3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger, for $1 million. In his complaint, Walton, who had a hip replacement surgery in 2011, alleges that the Bair Hugger that ... Read More

Spokeswoman for 3M Says Lawsuits Against Bair Hugger are Due to “Bad Science”

3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger device used during surgeries to keep patients’ temperatures regulated, claims that the lawsuits against it regarding infection linked to the single-use blankets are based on “bad science.” In an article by Star Tribune, 3M spokeswoman Donna Fleming Runyon said, “3M will vigorously defend the product and the science against these unwarranted lawsuits.” She also added, “We think it’s unfortunate that the plaintiffs’ attorneys are using bad science to blame their clients’ infections on a device that has helped so many people.” The Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket is used in four out of five hospitals ... Read More

Bair Hugger Intake Filters Tested Positive for Staph, Mold

In a recent presentation by Dr. Scott Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket, the intake filters of blowers (model 750) for Bair Hugger were found to be positive with cultures of staph, mold and micrococci. According to the presentation, 23 Bair Hugger blower filters were sampled. The device claims to be HEPA complaint, which means that the blower filter is required to be capable of removing 99.97 percent of all particles the size of .3 microns or larger. But the Bair Hugger intake filters are only 63.8 percent efficient, according to the tests. The Bair Hugger, made by 3M, ... Read More

Michigan man sues 3M for excruciating injuries linked to Bair Hugger

William Lichlyter, a resident of Michigan, is suing 3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket, for infection he says the device fostered through contamination of the surgical site of his hip replacement. On Aug. 21, 2012, Lichlyter was undergoing a left hip replacement surgery when a Bair Hugger, a single-use blanket through which warm air is circulated, was used to help keep his body temperature regulated. The complaint alleges contaminates from the operating room floor were stirred up and blown back over the surgical site by the medical device, resulting in MRSA infection, a particularly tough strain ... Read More

Knee replacement surgery patient says Bair Hugger warming blanket infection resulted in leg amputation

Rosie Bartel – wife, mother, grandmother and educator – developed a MRSA infection, a particularly dangerous and antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection, after a Bair Hugger forced air warming device was used on her during her knee replacement surgery. She believes the medical device led to her infection. Since that original knee replacement surgery, Bartel has received 27 surgeries to help her get rid of the horrible infection that was risking her life. The knee implant was removed and replaced three times, and the tissue and surrounding muscle and bone cleaned or removed in attempt to rid her body of ... Read More

3M Company Spokeswoman Says Bair Hugger Lawsuits are ‘Unwarranted’

According to an article published in Star Tribune, 3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket, claims the lawsuits against the company are “unwarranted”. The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming device that pushes air through a single-use blanket, keeping the body temperature of the patient at a safe level. Dr. Scott Augustine, the inventor of the blanket, sold the design to 3M and it is now used in 4 out of 5 hospitals today. But when patients began experiencing infection that seemed to be related to use of the Bair Hugger blanket, the lawsuits began to pile up ... Read More

Doctor Warns Against Using Medical Device He Invented

Dr. Scott Augustine, an anesthesiologist in Minnesota, decided to explore ideas on how to keep a patient warm during surgery. The Bair Hugger forced-air warming  blanket system was developed in 1987 and is now used in 4 out of 5 hospitals across the U.S. The medical device was intended to keep the patient warm during and after surgery, reduce the risk of unintentional hypothermia, reduce bleeding, and promote a faster recovery. But when patients started coming forward with claims that the Bair Hugger caused deep-joint infections, Dr. Augustine agreed with them. The device works like a forced-air heater by pushing warmed ... Read More

Joint-Surgery Patients may Risk Infection with Bair Hugger Warming Blanket

The Bair Hugger is a single-use FAW (forced-air warming) device that is placed over the patient during or post-surgery to help maintain body temperature, reduce the risk of infection, increase comfort and reduce risk of unintentional hypothermia. But 3M, the maker of Bair Hugger, is finding itself battling claim after claim by surgery patients that the FAW blanket caused infection, more than 50 of which are orthopedic surgery patients that suffered deep-joint infection. The Bair Hugger blanket is used in 4 out of 5 hospitals across the U.S. and has been a popular method of body temperature maintenance since 1987. However, Dr. ... Read More

Texas Woman Claims 3M Bair Hugger Device Caused Infection Leading to Amputation

Texas state court has recently dealt with a lawsuit from a woman claiming 3M’s Bair Hugger device is responsible for exposing her to a drug-resistant infection that ultimately resulted in leg amputation. Ruth Childers of Texas is seeking $1 million from 3M and three other defendants for selling and using Bair Hugger on her while undergoing knee replacement surgery in December 2013. The device is a disposable blanket with warm air circulating through it, intended to keep the patient warm and comfortable while reducing bleeding, risk of infection and post-operative heart attacks. However, lawsuits including Ms. Childers’ allege the device has potential ... Read More