Bair Hugger Surgical Warming Blanket - Infections

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Bair Hugger Surgical Warming Blanket Litigation on the Rise

Since the beginning of the year, the number of Bair Hugger lawsuits has passed the 1000 mark. As of January 15th, there were a total of 1,105 cases pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where all federal lawsuits have been consolidated in...

Inventor of Surgical Warming Blanket Warns Medical Community and Public

When Dr. Scott Augustine realized his invention was causing more problems than it was solving, he began spreading the word to his colleagues in the medical community. Unfortunately, by the time he became aware of the dangers of the device, he no longer had control over its sales and...

Severe Knee and Hip Infections Occurring During Surgery Blamed on 3M Surgical Device

Plaintiffs suffering from medical complications as a result of the use of the Bair Hugger brand warming blanket during knee and hip replacement surgeries are seeking consolidation of their suits before a federal judge in St. Paul, Minnesota.The Bair Hugger warming blanket, first introduced in 1988 by anesthesiologist Dr....

Use of 3M Warming Blanket During Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery Could Increase Risk of Severe Infection

When the 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket was introduced in 1988, it seemed like a good idea. Under anesthesia, the patient’s body temperature drops. Maintaining the normal body temperature at around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit reduces bleeding and decreases recovery time. The device has been also effective for the treatment...