Many individuals underwent hip or knee replacement surgeries within the past 5 years and suffered serious infections requiring additional surgeries, replacement of implants, and other complications. These infections were caused through no fault of the patient, but rather, due to the use of a forced air warming blanket during surgery.
Many lawsuits have already been filed, as the warming blankets have been used on more than 165 million patients, and are used in approximately 80% of U.S. hospitals.
1. What is a forced air warming blanket?
The warming blanket is manufactured by 3M and called “Bair Hugger.” The Bair Hugger forced air blanket works to maintain normal body temperature during a patient’s surgery by connecting the blanket surrounding the patient to a portable heater and blower. The Bair Hugger allows air to escape below the surgical table, causing contaminates to become airborne. As a result, a current of air deposits bacteria from the operating floor back into the blanket, resulting in contamination of the patient’s surgical site.
Surgeries During Which Bair Hugger Blankets Are Often Used Include:
- Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)
- Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA)
- Knee or Hip Resurfacing
- Revision TKAs or THAs
- Revision Knee or Hip Resurfacing
2. What Complications Can Result?
The primary complication from use of Bair Hugger is infection due to the bacteria and contaminates in the operating room. Additional complications include:
- Streptococcus faecalis
- Enterococcus faecalis
- Staphylococcus capitis
- Proteus mirabilis
- Streptococcus agalactiae
- Deep Joint Infections
- Additional or Revision Surgeries and repeat hospitalizations
- Severe pain and suffering
- Antibiotic treatment therapy and/or physical therapy
- Limb amputation due to infection
3. Do You Have A Case?
If you or a loved one underwent a hip or knee replacement surgery and suffered from a serious infection with unknown cause, please contact the Bair Hugger lawyers at Jones Ward PLC. The lawyers at Jones Ward PLC offer a free, no-obligation consultation and evaluation of your potential Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket lawsuit. Call us today toll free at 888-595-2922.