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Florida Man Files Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after he sustained a dangerous infection resulting from the use of the companies’ Bair Hugger device during surgery.

The plaintiff under went a total left hip replacement operation during which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger device introduced contaminants into the his open surgical wounds that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were pseudomonas aeruginosa and gram negative rods.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa or P. aeruginosa is a multidrug-resistant pathogen that can cause very serious infections in patients. If left untreated, P. aeruginosa can cause life threatening conditions like sepsis and pneumonia. Gram negative bacteria like gram negative rods have a unique outer membrane protecting them from penicillin and other antibiotics. Infections of gram negative bacteria can cause severe symptoms and even death.

As a result of the infections caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was not only forced to undergo a total hip revision surgery, but also required aspiration, PICC line antibiotics, and surgical debridement with a wound vac application.

The infection caused by the Bair Hugger not only caused the plaintiff to suffer physical pain, but = also created a financial burden in medical bills and lost wages. The plaintiff believes the companies were negligent in failing to warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket, and that the device is defective in design and manufacture.

Widespread Use Of The Bair Hugger

The Bair Hugger warming blanket is used in 80% of all operating rooms in the United States. This puts thousands of patients at risk, but is especially dangerous for patients receiving artificial joints. Infections that spread on artificial joints are not detected by the body’s immune system, making them incredibly difficult to treat.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

If you suffered from an infection after a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years, call the experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Our consultations are free and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit On Behalf of Kentucky Couple

Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky couple against manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the wife sustained a staph infection from the device.

In July 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used to regulate her temperature. As a direct result of the use of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. The contaminants caused her to develop a deep joint infection, more commonly referred to as DJI. The pathogens identified were methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus, proteus mirabilis, and morganella morganii.

Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus or MSSA, is a type of bacteria commonly called a staph infection. However, what makes this MSSA infection different than a common staph infection is bacteria grows on the artificial joint. This makes the infection more difficult to treat. Proteus mirabilis is a type of bacteria commonly associated with hospitals. Left untreated, this type of infection can be life-threatening and even fatal. Morganella morganii is a gram-negative bacteria often found in surgery patients.

As a result of plaintiff’s infections caused by the Bair Hugger, she had to undergo additional medical treatments, including multiple irrigation and debridements with hardware exchanges, long-term PICC line antibiotics, and long-term oral antibiotics. Unfortunately, she suffered additional complications from the infection treatment, including renal failure requiring a month-long hospital stay and hemodialysis.

Not only has the patient suffered physical pain from the infections, but she has also been burdened with a huge economic loss from the extensive additional medical treatments required.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger is unreasonably dangerous and manufacturers failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the device. The plaintiff also alleges the companies violated Kentucky’s consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practice laws.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you suffered from an infection after a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years, call the experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Oregon Woman Files Lawsuit After Bair Hugger Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon woman after she suffered a severe infection contracted during surgery caused by the Bair Hugger device. The plaintiff believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn her of the infection risks associated with the device.

In October 2015, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming system was used during her left total hip arthroplasty. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The pathogen identified as the cause of the infection was staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly referred to as staph, is a common infection found in hospitals that can be difficult to treat, particularly in joint replacement patients. Although the body is capable of fighting off most bacteria, bacteria present on artificial joints do not trigger the body’s immune system response. This makes post-surgical PJIs very dangerous for patients and can cause serious and life-threatening side effects.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the plaintiff was forced to undergo hip aspiration, irrigation and debridement, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

While the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, she also struggles economically with the cost of additional medical treatment necessitated by the infection the Bair Hugger caused.

The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture and that the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Oregon state law.

What Is The Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is a heating device used to regulate body temperature during surgery. The device consists of a pump pushing air through a blanket draped over the patient, dispersing the pumped air over the patient through tiny holes in the blanket. Unfortunately for patients, it is now believed the pump system can suck in airborne contaminants, push them over the patient’s body, and force them into open surgical wounds, causing infections.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years and suffered from a post-surgical infection, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys at Raizner Slania today to learn your legal options and protect your rights.

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California Couple Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Staph Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a California couple after the husband suffered a staph infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In July 2012, the plaintiff underwent a left total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into his open surgical wound that caused the plaintiff to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were coagulase-negative staphylococcus, staphylococcus epidermis, gram positive cocci, and staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus or “staph” as it is commonly called, is a type of bacteria that causes some of the most common infections. Staph epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a type of staph infection that creates a biofilm around plastic devices inside the body. This biofilm acts as a breeding ground for other pathogens. When staph infections occur around an artificial joint, they can be incredibly difficult to treat with antibiotics.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, he had to undergo multiple staged removal and replacement procedures, insertion and removal of antibiotic spacers, hip aspiration, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

The plaintiff suffered physically and emotionally from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, but he also suffered economically due to extensive medical bills and lost wages. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective, and that 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients of the infection risks associated with the device.

Why Is The Bair Hugger Dangerous?

The Bair Hugger is a medical device used to regulate body temperature during surgery. The Bair Hugger works by sucking in air from the operating room, heating it, and dispersing it over the body through a blanket draped over the body. The blanket contains holes where the forced air can escape and warm the patient. However, it is now believed that the device sucks in contaminated air with dangerous pathogens, which gets exposed to open surgical wounds.

3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

Patients who had hip or knee replacement surgery and developed an infection within the last five years may be able to file a claim. The experienced defective medical device attorneys at Rainzer Slania can analyze your claim and help you understand your legal options. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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North Carolina Woman Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit After MRSA Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a North Carolina woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the woman sustained a severe MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger device.

In April 2012, the plaintiff underwent a right knee arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s surgical wound that caused her to develop a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, and gram positive cocci.

MRSA is often referred to as superbug because it is resistant to the antibiotics usually administered to treat infections. Because of the difficulty in treating MRSA, the infection can also cause a variety of serious and life-threatening side effects, including sepsis, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections, among others. Gram positive cocci is a bacteria that is difficult to treat because it is resistant to some of the antibiotics used to treat infections. This type of bacteria can cause a variety of serious symptoms.

As a result of plaintiff’s infections caused by the Bair Hugger, she was forced to undergo extensive additional medical treatment, including knee aspirations, multiple extensive irrigation and debridements with hardware exchanges, and IV antibiotics. She was also placed on lifetime antibiotic suppression medication due to the continued presence of MRSA. After receiving these treatments in a hospital, the plaintiff moved to a skilled nursing facility for further care to treat her infections.

The plaintiff suffered not only extensive physical and emotional pain from the infections caused by the Bair Hugger, but also experienced a massive economic loss from the extensive hospital stays and necessary medical treatments.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant failed to warn her of the dangers associated with the device. In addition, she alleges the company committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under North Carolina law.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee replacement surgery and developed an infection, contact the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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New York Couple Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Infections

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the wife suffered several infections caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket device.

In August 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming device was used during the scope of the procedure. As a direct result of the use of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused her to develop a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), klebsiella pneumonia, and beta-hemolytic streptococcus.

MSSA is type of staph infection that can cause serious complications for patients, particularly for those recovering from surgery, because it is resistant to many antibiotics commonly used to treat infections. Like MSSA, klebsiella pneumonia is also resistant to many antibiotics. A klebsiella pneumonia infection is very difficult to treat and often causes death in patients. Beta-hemolytic streptococcus is a type of strep infection that often causes additional infections and complications.

As a result of plaintiff’s infections caused by the Bair Hugger, she was forced to undergo irrigation and debridements and long-term antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately, the treatment caused her to suffer additional gastrointestinal complications from long-term antibiotic usage, including colonic polyps (growths on the lining of the intestines) and diverticular disease (bulging pouches on the walls of the intestines).

The plaintiffs believe 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in failing to warn patients of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger device. The plaintiffs also allege the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture and 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under New York Law.

Bair Hugger Infections Lawyer

The Bair Hugger device has exposed thousands of patients to an increased risk of infection. If you or someone you love developed an infection after a hip or knee replacement or revision surgery within the last five years, you may be able to obtain compensation. Call the experienced Bair Hugger infections lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.