November 10th, 2015|
In 1987, the Bair Hugger™ forced air warming blanket was introduced to keep patients warm while undergoing surgical procedures. Since that time, the device has been used by more than 200 million people. However, patients may not realize the device may be threatening their health.
The Bair Hugger works by blowing warmed air through the blanket. But the device’s blower can release air that contains dangerous pathogens onto the patient’s wounds or incisions. This can result in deep tissue infections.
Some of those infected after using the Bair Hugger system filed Bair Hugger hospital infection lawsuits. The victims claim the maker of the device was aware of the risks it posed, yet took no corrective action to protect the public from harm.
In 2010, the inventor of the Bair Hugger blanket told the The New York Times about the potential dangers his device posed. Yet, 3M, the device’s manufacturer, continued production despite being aware of the risks it posed. An article from Outpatient Surgery explains that 3M has denied the claims are true.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we recognize the serious harm that a defective medical device can cause, and our legal staff is hopeful the outcome of the Bair Hugger injury lawsuits will help protect the health and safety of those undergoing all types of medical procedures.
September 1st, 2015|
Patients undergoing surgical procedures often need assistance in maintaining their core body temperature while under anesthesia. However, the defective medical device lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough say new studies show one popular medical device used to keep patients warm may be putting their safety at risk.
The Bair Hugger™ Inflatable blanket fills with warm air to keep a patient’s body temperature from dropping to a dangerous level. In fact, it’s so popular, as many as 80 percent of hospitals in the U.S. utilize the device.
While the device may be effective in keeping patients warm, research shows it can increase a patient’s chances of developing an infection. A study published in the The Bone and Joint Journal found that patients who underwent a procedure utilizing the Bair Hugger™ may face up to a 380 percent increase in the chance of serious infection.
These injuries have resulted in some victims filing Bair Hugger™ hospital infection lawsuits. The victims claim they were not warned about the risks posed by the blanket.
According to Reuters, attorneys for the victims in some of these cases have filed a motion to move certain claims to the U.S. District Court for Minnesota.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we are aware of the serious damages defective medical devices can cause, and our staff is hopeful that the decision reached in the Bair Hugger™ hospital infection lawsuits will help bring closure to victims and their families.