The product liability attorneys of Murray Guari Trial Attorneys are investigating joint infections (sepsis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]) linked to the use of Bair Hugger warming blankets during surgery.
Manufactured by 3M and approved by the Food & Drug Administration in 1897, the Bair Hugger warming blankets, is a forced-air warming (FAW) system designed to prevent hypothermia and keep patients at a normal core body temperature during all three phases of orthopedic surgery — preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases. Forced air thermal regulating systems use an electrical blower to circulate filtered, temperature-controlled air through a hose into a blanket placed over or under a patient. The blankets are used to promote post-operative healing and cut down on infections by maintaining a patient’s body temperature in surgery.
Orthopedic surgery patients (hip and knee) claim that the Bair Hugger blanket increases the spread of contaminant particles during surgery thus increasing the risk of serious deep-joint infection, replacement surgery, and possible amputation. Patients claim the products design allows bacteria and contaminants on the operating room floor to become airborne and can land on a patient’s exposed joints and tissues while in surgery.
Symptoms of joint infections can include:
- Fevers, chills and night sweats
- Pain or stiffness
- Wound drainage
- Redness, swelling or warmth around the wound
The defective products law firm of Murray Guari Trial Attorneys represents all patients who have suffered an infection following an orthopedic surgical procedure and used a 3M Bair Hugger normothermia system (warming blanket) as part of their surgery, on a contingency basis which means that there are never any legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. For a free no-obligation consultation please call toll free at 1-877-645-2974.
Please note that in some matters, we may co-counsel or refer the case to another lawyer or law firm.