Bair Hugger

Your Deep Joint Infection May Be Caused By A Medical Device Used In Surgery

The Bair Hugger is a forced air warming blanket for patients undergoing surgery. It is designed to help patients regulate their body temperature during surgery.

The Bair Hugger blanket can cause infections by blowing bacteria-contaminated air into a patient's open surgical site.

Do I Have a Case?

Do you meet the following criteria?

  • Diagnosed with a serious joint infection following knee or hip replacement surgery.
  • Had to undergo surgery to remove the knee or hip joint replacement hardware (explant surgery), and/or amputation.
  • Hospital used a 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket during your initial total joint replacement surgery.

You may not know if the 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during your total joint replacement surgery but we can investigate and find out.

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Not Sure?  You may not be sure if a Bair Hugger warming blanket caused your deep joint infection or if it was even used.

This should not discourage you from contacting our office. Particularly if you meet the criteria described on this page. We can request and review medical records to determine whether the warming blanket was used during your total knee or hip replacement surgery.

How Does Bair Hugger Cause Infection?

The Bair Hugger warming blanket system rests on the floor and the blanket is placed over the patient. The Bair Hugger warming blanket pulls in air, warms it up, and delivers it throughout the blanket part of the system.

Unfortunately, the device mixes with the floor air that has the highest concentration of contaminates. These germ particles then make there way to the surgical site and onto the hip or knee implants.

It only takes one small bacterium to enter the surgical field and cause a devastating deep joint infection, also identified as a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI).

Medical Support Linking 3M Bair Hugger Warming Blanket To Infections

16,ooo patients suffer from a periprosthetic joint infection yearly. This number has increased as use of the warming blanket for joint replacement surgeries has increased.

The Bone & Joint Journal published a study in 2012 that showed a 74% increase in the risk of infection for patients who utilize a forced air warming blanket during surgery.

3M sold nearly 13 Million warming blankets in 2014.

How can The Walters Law Firm help?

Our firm has successfully handled hundreds of medical cases including those involving defective medical devices and pharmaceuticals. We can efficiently evaluate your potential claim and pursue legal action if warranted.

Our Process

If you were diagnosed with a serious joint infection following knee or hip replacement surgery, we will make the process of evaluating a legal claim as smooth and efficient as possible.

We listen. Call our office at 1-800-684-0961 to tell one of our experienced attorneys about your situation. You may also complete the form above with as much detail as possible. There is no cost for our firm to evaluate your potential claim.

Our attorneys evaluate your case. Attorneys Lon Walters and Christin DiMartino of The Walters Law Firm have successfully handled hundreds of medical cases. We will evaluate the information you provide in addition to collecting and reviewing medical records if necessary.

Follow Up

Following our review, we will give you our opinion about your potential case.