Bair Hugger Lawsuits, Case Consolidation

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The arguments for a consolidation of similar lawsuits has begun in Minnesota, with far-reaching consequences at stake.

The Bair Hugger forced-air warming medical device has been in use for years. Because doctors and nurses need to remain alert and focused during their work, surgical theaters are often kept quite chilly. Keeping the patient warm is critical to the overall healing process. The Bair Hugger acts like a medical grade warming blanket, with warm air pumped from an external heater on the floor. And therein lies the problem, some say.

The Problem with Forced-Air Warming Blankets

Floors anywhere are subjected to germs from shoes, dust, and other grime. Hospital floors are kept as clean as they can be, but inevitably, they too become dirty. Surgeons take every precaution to sterilize their work areas, but the floor is often forgotten. When warm air is pumped up using the Bair Hugger, pathogens are bound to travel to the surgical site. Infection can easily set in, especially during orthopedic surgery where work is being done deep in the joint. In addition, the metal hip or knee replacement can help the infection spread.

Infections, Major Complications for the Patient

In some cases, infections can lead to more surgery and even amputations. The Bair Hugger lawsuits insist that the device is what caused their infection and caused prolonged pain and suffering beyond what their original surgery was helping to treat. The Bair Hugger blankets are only used once and are disposed of after use – but the heater and forced air system are used time and time again.