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Lawsuit Alleges 3M Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket Caused Deep Joint Infection

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Lawsuit Alleges 3M Surgical Blanket Caused Infection

Lawsuit Alleges 3M Surgical Blanket Caused Infection


A lawsuit has been filed against Arizant, a 3M subsidiary, alleging that its Bair Hugger forced-air surgical warming blanket caused a deep joint infection. The plaintiff in the case had been undergoing a hip implant revision surgery. Allegedly, the Bair Hugger introduced pathogens from the operating room floor into the surgical site and resulted in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. The septic arthritis, or deep joint infection, allegedly caused by the Bair Hugger forced the plaintiff to undergo another six surgeries in less than eleven months. He alleges that he is unable to move freely and continues to suffer physical damages.

The suit alleges although the Bair Hugger is used in 90 percent of major surgeries, it is especially risky in joint replacement and revision procedures. The surgical warming blanket may play a role in the thousands of orthopedic implant infections each year, the suit alleges. Arizant and 3M are accused of hiding the risks of the Bair Hugger.

Public safety concerns over the Bair Hugger arose in 2010, when the inventor of the device, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, said it should be recalled. Dr. Augustine told the New York Times in an interview that while the Bair Hugger offered benefits compared to older warming devices, he believes that it has a serious risk of infection during artificial joint procedures due to the forced-air design.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Alleges 3M Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket Caused Deep Joint Infection was posted on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 1:19 am at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits, Product Liability Lawsuits, Uncategorized.

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