Bair Hugger is a warming blanket manufactured by 3M. It is used during surgery for patients undergoing a medical procedure often involving hip or knee replacement surgery. During surgery, the warming blanket is used to maintain the body temperature of patients so that they do not get too cold. Unfortunately, the warming blankets released not just warm air to the patient’s skin and body, but under the actual surgical table, thus causing a nidus for bacterial infection. This phenomenon can cause sepsis and Methicillin-Resistant Staphyllococcus aureus (MRSA), also known as ‘Staph‘ for short among medical professionals.
MRSA is a very serious condition and if not treated immediately or properly, serious complications can lead ultimately to amputation of limbs and even death.
The most prominent problem is the ongoing additional surgeries patients have to face when they suspect the Bair Hugger blanket caused an infection during surgery.
The Condition: It is called a Deep Joint Infection which occurs when infection is not just superficial but deep inside the joint. If the infection is very serious then this condition may ensue thus creating a very bad medical condition.
MDL cases in 2019 had been dismissed, but litigation may continue. Although 3M had secured a victory, this does not mean this is the end of litigation. Every products libability case is different fraught with different facts, legal issues, and medical experts. For this reason, it is imperative you find a lawyer whom you trust to review your case and litigate it towards trial if necessary.