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Is Bair Hugger™ to Blame for Your Infection?

Posted on Oct 27, 2015

Studies suggest that the Bair Hugger™ warming blanket may be to blame for patients developing deep infections after hip or knee replacement surgery. Lawsuits have been filed alleging that the manufacturer knew about this risk and didn’t properly warn patients and doctors.

The Bair Hugger™ has been used to keep patients warm during surgery. When someone is under anesthesia, they can’t regulate their body heat, causing their body temperature to drop rapidly.

It is estimated that the Bair Hugger™ system is in 80 percent of U.S. hospitals and has been used more than 160 million times. The warm air from the device is alleged to “lift” bacteria off the floor and spread it onto the open surgical wound.

As a result, patients are allegedly running a higher risk of developing methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), sepsis and other serious infections. Signs that you may be suffering from an infection include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fevers and chills
  • Swelling
  • Increased pain or stiffness

Some patients may run a higher risk than others. The following factors can further increase the risk of infection:

  • Diabetes
  • Immune deficiencies such as HIV and lymphoma
  • Immunosuppressive treatments such as chemotherapy
  • Obesity

Dr. Scott Augustine, who invented the device, told The New York Times that the Bair Hugger™ poses risks and should not be used during certain operations.

Lawsuits associated with this device are in motion across the country, but there are time limitations. If you suspect that you may have developed an infection due to the Bair Hugger™ that required a hospital stay or further surgery, please contact our class action attorneys immediately at 800-800-5678.