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Bair Hugger Can Increase Infection Risks

The FDA first approved the Bair Hugger warming system in 1987 by way of a premarket clearance program, 510(k), which allows a device to hit the market without clinical proof that it is safe as long as it is similar enough to a device already on the market. Originally developed by Dr. Scott D. Augustine and sold by his company Augustine Biomedical and Design, which later changed its name to Arizant and was later purchased by 3M, Bair Hugger Therapy has been used on more than 180 million patients and is employed by and estimated 80 percent of hospitals in the US.

Bair Hugger Therapy uses forced air warming to prevent and or treat hypothermia in patients during surgery. Hypothermia occurs when the body is losing heat faster than it can produce it; almost all surgical patients become hypothermic during surgery which can lead to blood loss and infections. The Bair Hugger units filter the air, and then force warm air through disposable blankets that are covering the patients. In addition to warming the body through the use of warm air, they are designed to help prevent heat loss from evaporation by wicking moisture from the body. In order to reduce patient to patient infection risk the blankets are disposable.

There are several signs that may indicate a possible infected joint replacement:

  • Swelling
  • Wound drainage
  • Fever or chills
  • Warmth or redness around the surgical wound
  • Increased pain or stiffness in the joint
  • Fatigue

In spite of numerous consumer complaints linking the Bair Hugger blanket to serious side effects, 3M and Arizant continue to market the medical device as safe and effective in all surgeries, including knee and hip replacement procedures.

Bair Hugger temperature management systems have been linked to an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections after surgery. We are currently investigation potential cases for those who have had surgery such as a joint replacement or heart valve replacement and suffered from a severe post-operative infection. If you or a loved one::

  • Have had surgery such as a knee replacement, hip replacement or artificial heart valve replacement
  • Suffered from an infection such as a deep joint infection, MRSA or other hospital-acquired infection
  • Requiring additional treatment beyond the normal recovery

We would like to speak with you. Our representatives are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to hear about your story. Call us now, and find out if you qualify for a potential claim. Call today, do not wait until it is too late.

How can you seek compensation?

An Experienced Law Firm Can:

  1. Help you recover medical expenses and lost income from all responsible parties.
  2. Help you obtain records, case information, legal documents and photographs related to your case.
  3. Track down witnesses that must be found and asked for testimony regarding your Personal Injury case.
  4. Guide you through each step of the legal process and will help minimize potential disruptions to your life so you can focus on your recovery.
  5. Provide expert witnesses that have testified in similar Personal Injury cases that will help with your settlement.
  6. Help educate you about your case and the state laws involved.
  7. Make sure that your Personal Injury case is filed within the statute of limitations for your state.
  8. Bair Hugger litigation is complicated and can involve large sums of money. A personal injury lawyer can make sure that you get compensation.
  9. Can usually tell within a few minutes whether they can help you, and if they can't, maybe direct you to someone who can.


Our firm works on a contingency basis which means you will not be asked to pay any money out of pocket.

This process will be very easy. Please feel free to answer all questions honestly as your information is confidential.

This process will be very easy. Please feel free to answer all questions honestly as your information is confidential.

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Bair Hugger Injuries

Among the side effects patients may be at risk for when undergoing surgery where the Bair Hugger blanket is used are:

  • Deep-joint infections
  • Infected hip or knee implants
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Revision surgery to remove or replace implant
  • Amputation of the affected limb
  • Sepsis
  • Wrongful death
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