Bair Hugger Warming Blanket
REPRESENTING VICTIMS INJURED BY BAIR HUGGER THERAPY
Multiple studies have linked forced-air warming devices like the Bair Hugger warming blanket to an increased risk of surgery-related infection.
The Bair Hugger warming blanket is a medical device used in forced-air warming therapy to prevent and treat hypothermia in patients during surgery. The process is known as Bair Hugger therapy. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988, Bair Hugger therapy has been used on more than 180 million patients and is used by roughly 80 percent of U.S. hospitals.
However, the inventor of the Bair Hugger warming blanket has since come out against the warming blanket, citing new studies that suggest forced-air warming therapy, including the Bair Hugger, can spread bacteria linked to infections. According to Dr. Augustine, patients undergoing knee and hip replacement surgery, joint replacements, and other orthopedic procedures are especially at risk.
SIDE EFFECTS LINKED TO THE BAIR HUGGER WARMING BLANKET
Among the side effects patients may develop after undergoing surgery with Bair Hugger warming blanket are:
- Deep-joint infection
- Knee implant infection
- Hip implant infection
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
- Revision surgery to remove or replace an implant
- Limb amputation
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful Death
STUDIES LINKING BAIR HUGGER THERAPY TO INFECTION RISK
Multiple studies have concluded that forced-air warming like that used in Bair Hugger therapy carries an increased risk of contamination at surgical sites and an increased risk of infection.
- 2011: Study by McGovern et al. finds “a significant increase in deep joint infection, as demonstrated by an elevated infection odds ratio, was identified during a period when forced-air warming was used compared to a period when conductive fabric warming was used.”
- 2012: Study by Belani et al. concludes “Forced-air warming was found to establish convection currents that mobilized resident air from the nonsterile areas upward and into the surgical site. The clinical concern is that convection currents may mobilize underdrape contaminants into the surgical site…”
- 2012: Study by Legg et al. states “a significant mean increase in the temperature and number of particles over the surgical site when compared with radiant warming, which raises concern as bacteria are known to require particles for transport.”
- 2013: Study concludes that excess heat from forced air warming disrupts the ventilation of air flow.
- 2013: Study finds that waste heat produced by forced-air warming blankets increase the air temperature of a surgical drape. The resulting convection currents create a turbulence over the patient that could draw damaging particles and contaminates from beneath the operating table to the surgical site.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICE ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one developed a serious infection after being treated with a Bair Hugger warming blanket during surgery, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Our law firm has the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your case properly. Call us today for a free legal consultation.