Bair Hugger Hip & Knee Surgery Infection Attorney

Bair Hugger Hip and Knee Surgery InfectionMany personal injury plaintiffs claim that hot air patient warming devices like 3M’s Bair Hugger may contaminate surgical sites with dangerous bacteria, leading to serious and catastrophic injuries.

Unfortunately it is impossible to make the hospital surgical room sterile, and there are reports of serious infections following hip and knee replacement surgeries that may be linked to the use of Bair Hugger warming blanket.

The forced-air warmers may cause bacteria from the operating room floor to enter the surgical site.

Several lawsuits have been filed by patients who developed deep joint infections after hip or knee replacement surgery.

Contact Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm for Bair Hugger Lawsuit Help

The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently investigating joint infection cases nationwide. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a joint infection following hip or knee replacement surgery, you should contact our personal injury lawyer team immediately for a free case consultation.

Please use the form to contact our Medical Device Lawsuit Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 888-210-9693 ext. 2 or 214-390-3189.

What is the Bair Hugger Device?

The Bair Hugger is a forced hot air warming blanket for patients undergoing surgery, and is manufactured by 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare

There are more than 50,000 of the Bair Hugger warming blankets in use, and according to experts, they are used during more than 80% of all hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries.

The device maintains the patients body temperature and prevent hypothermia during lengthy surgeries. It works like an electric blanket, by forcing hot air into a blanket that is placed over the patient.

What is the problem with the Bair Hugger Device?

The Bair Hugger may cause surgical infections by blowing bacteria-contaminated air into a patient’s open surgical wounds. The risk of infection may be increased in joint replacement surgery, particularly hip implant and knee implant surgeries.

As a result of deep joint infections possibly caused by Bair Hugger warming blankets, plaintiffs allege that they have suffered a variety of severe injuries, including:

  • Repeated Hip or Knee Revision Surgeries
  • Antibiotic Spacers Joint Implantation
  • Leg Amputation
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Sepsis or Septic Hip/Knee
  • Deep Joint Infection
  • Death
Bair Hugger Device alleged to cause MRSA Infections

In a Kansas federal lawsuit, Timothy Johnson alleged that the Bair Hugger warming blanket caused Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, leading to the amputation of his leg.

Johnson,claims he  developed the antibiotic-resistant infection after knee replacement surgery at the University of Kansas Hospital in September 2010. According to Johnson, air from the Bair Hugger system “creates warm, rising, airflow currents that deposit bacteria from the floor of the surgical room into the surgical site.”

Hip Replacement Surgery Joint Infections

About one in a hundred people who have joint replacement surgery develops an infection complication. This serious side effect must be treated with multiple surgeries to replace the implant, wash out the joint and tissues, and intravenous antibiotics.

Contact Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm for Bair Hugger Lawsuit Help

The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently investigating joint infection cases nationwide. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a joint infection following hip or knee replacement surgery, you should contact our personal injury lawyer team immediately for a free case consultation.

Please use the form to contact our Medical Device Lawsuit Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 888-210-9693 ext. 2 or 214-390-3189.

Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm represents drug side effects and defective medical devices personal injury clients for claims, lawsuits and settlements nationwide.

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