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Raizner Slania Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of Rhode Island Resident

Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a Rhode Island resident who sustained a severe infection after a surgery using the device.

In September 2015, the plaintiff underwent a left total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of her procedure. While the Bair Hugger warming blanket is used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during surgery, the device also introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were haemophilus parainfluenza, beta-hemolytic strep Group B, staphylococcus aureus, and citrobacter koseri.

Haemophilus parainfluenza, is a bacteria commonly found in the oral cavity of humans; however, when these bacteria are transmitted to other parts of the body, they can cause severe infections. Strains of haemophilus parainfluenza are becoming increasingly resistant to common antibiotics and require extensive medical treatment. Beta-hemolytic streptococci is a type of the common Step bacteria that causes the destruction of red blood cells. 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. Citrobacter koseri, or C. koseri, is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause life threatening complications like meningitis and sepsis.

As a result of plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger, she was forced to undergo multiple extensive irrigation and debridements, placement of wound vac, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. She suffered greatly as the result of her infections, both physically and economically.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both design and manufacture and that the manufacturers, 3M Company and Araizant Healthcare, failed to adequately warn patients of the infection risk.

Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit Lawyer

If you underwent a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years and suffered a post-surgical infection, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact a Bair Hugger infection lawsuit lawyer at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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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.