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Bair Hugger Lawsuit: Surgical Warming Blanket Linked to Severe Infections

The Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. is now investigating and evaluating potential lawsuits against Bair Hugger for their surgical warming blanket. Several patients have alleged experiencing side effects of deep joint infections during hip and knee replacement surgeries. Patients claim that the defective medical device, Bair Hugger, causes infections by blowing bacteria-contaminated air into a patient’s open surgical site. If you or someone you love used the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket and experienced these side effects, you could be entitled to compensation. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

Is the Surgical Blanket Dangerous?

The Bair Hugger is a hot air warming blanket that is supposed to help maintain a patient’s body temperature during surgery. Studies have shown that warming blankets are proven to lessen bleeding and speed up recovery time.  The blanket is supposed to work like a forced-air heater, and push warm air through a flexible hose into a blanket on top of the patient. The blanket also releases air under the table which can cause germs and bacteria to spread on the patient’s surgical site.

Potential Side Effects

The most serious side effect caused by the use of a Bair Hugger warming blanket is a deep joint infection. These type of infections are common in the hip and knee during replacement surgeries. Most infections can be treated through antibiotic therapy, however in some cases, amputation, joint fusion, or removal and a two-stage revision surgery may be necessary.

Complications from the surgical blanket can require the following treatment:

  • Longer hospitalization
  • Physical therapy
  • Additional surgeries
  • Joint implant removal and revision
  • Placement of an antibiotic spacer in the infected joint
  • Intravenous antibiotic treatment, and in some cases
  • Amputation

If you or someone you love used a Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket during surgery and developed any kind of infection, you should call your doctor immediately.

Call Today for a Free Consultation About Your Bair Hugger Lawsuit

A number of patients filed lawsuits after they had hip or knee replacements and developed Deep Joint Infections. If you or someone you love used the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket and experienced these side effects, you could be entitled to compensation. Give us a call today for a free consultation. Don’t wait until its too late.

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