Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Blanket Linked to Joint Infections

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Bair Hugger™ Forced Air Warming (FAW) Blankets have been linked to deep joint infections in patients who received a knee implant or hip replacement procedure. Several patients have come forward after developing deep joint infections, which led to the amputation of one man’s leg. Our law firm is offering a Free Consultation to anyone who developed a joint infection, MRSA, or sepsis after undergoing knee replacement or hip replacement surgery.

What are Forced Air Warming (FAW) Blankets, and Why Are They Used?

FAW blankets are typically used during surgery to keep the patient warm and comfortable without heating the entire operating room. Studies have shown that surgeries are far more successful when the patient is kept warm. Bair Hugger™ blankets are the most popular brand of warming blanket on the market and are used extensively during knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries.

Studies Link The Bair Hugger™ Blanket To Deep Joint Infection Risk

The Bone & Joint Journal published a study in 2012 that showed a 74% increase in the risk of infection for patients who utilize a forced air warming blanket during surgery. Their study indicated that over 2,000 additional particles of contaminant were found around the surgery site of a person with a forced air warming blanket. Researchers contend that, as the Bair Hugger™ releases heated air under the surgical table during surgery, contaminants are recirculated by the blanket, around the surgical wound. This, researchers believe, is how patients developed deep joint infections such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Do I Have a Case Against The Manufacturer of the Bair Hugger™ Warming Blanket?

If you contracted a joint infection following knee replacement or hip replacement surgery, you may be eligible for compensation. Data suggests that 3M™ was aware of the infection risk inherent to the Bair Hugger™ forced air warming blankets during orthopedic surgery, but made no attempts to improve the design of the device. Our attorneys handle defective medical device cases all the time, we understand the process and how to recover damages for your injuries. Put our experience to work for you & get the compensation you deserve.

Pennsylvania Attorneys for Defective Medical Devices

As PA injury lawyers, we know that defective medical devices injure people in Pennsylvania all the time. What is most unfortunate is that patients are unknowingly put at risk by the carelessness of another, and that’s where we draw the line. We fight big corporations on behalf of our local Pennsylvania neighbors because we feel that the good people of Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, and all surrounding areas deserve to have an experienced legal team to protect their rights.

Free Consultation For Bair Hugger™ Warming Blanket Cases

If you had knee replacement or hip replacement surgery, chances are that a Bair Hugger™ Forced Air Warming Blanket was probably used during your surgery. Unknowingly, you may have been put at an undue risk of developing a joint infection as a result of the forced air warming blanket. If you developed a joint infection after surgery, we can help you recover compensation to cover your medical bills, expenses, lost wages, and pain & suffering. Contact our medical device lawyers today for a Free Consultation about your legal rights to make an informed decision going forward.

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