The Bair Hugger blanket is a forced-air temperature management device commonly used during knee, hip and shoulder replacement surgeries to keep patients warm, and to reduce the risk of hypothermia and other surgical complications, like blood loss, infections and prolonged hospital stays. The blanket works by filtering air, then gently forcing warm air evenly throughout a disposable blanket that covers the patient before, during and after surgery.
Since first introduced in 1988, the blanket has been used on more than 180 million patients, and is still used in more than 80% of hospitals in the United States today. However, the defective design of the Bair Hugger system causes disruption of the air flow of the operating room, stirring up bacteria over the surgical site and leading to deep, hospital-acquired joint infections, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”) infections, the need for implant revision surgery, sepsis, amputation of the affected limb, and even death.
If you or a loved one has had joint surgery where a 3M Bair Hugger blanket was used and subsequently suffered complications, contact us online or call us at 1-866-252-3535.