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Colorado Couple File Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger Staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the wife suffered a severe infection.

In December 2011, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger caused contaminants to be introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, causing the development of a deep joint infection or DJI. The pathogen identified was staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is known commonly as a staph infection. S. aureus is a gram-positive, round-shaped bacterium, meaning it has very thick cell walls. These thick walls can make S. aureus difficult to treat. When on the skin, S. aureus can cause swelling, boils, pimples, and other staph infections. However, when S. aureus is inside the body it can cause life-threatening infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia, among others.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment including multiple irrigation and debridements with synovectomy and polyethylene exchanges and long-term PICC line antibiotics.

Why Are DJIs So Dangerous?

Ordinarily when bacteria are present in the body, it triggers an immune system response which helps fight the infection. However, when bacteria are present on artificial joints it doesn’t trigger an immune system response, meaning the bacteria can go unchecked and cause life-threatening conditions.

The Bair Hugger is used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during surgery, but a defect in its design allows contaminated air to be spread over open surgical wounds. This distributes bacteria onto artificial joints and causes difficult-to-treat infections.

The plaintiffs allege they were never warned about the dangerous infection risk associated with Bair Hugger by the manufacturers. Not only has the plaintiff wife suffered physically, but the couple has also suffered financially. The plaintiffs had the right to know about all risks associated with the Bair Hugger prior to its use.

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If you or someone you love sustained an infection from a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to hold 3M and Arizant responsible. Contact the Bair Hugger staph infection attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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South Carolina Couple File Bair Hugger Infection Suit

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

In February 2014, the plaintiff underwent a left total knee replacement in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. Because most patients experience hypothermia during surgery, the Bair Hugger warming blanket is used to regulate body temperature. While regulating body temperature can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays, a defect in the Bair Hugger’s design allows contaminated air to be pushed into a patient’s open surgical wound, causing infections.

During the plaintiff’s surgery, contaminants were introduced into the his open surgical wound that caused him to develop a deep joint infection or DJI. The pathogen identified was Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and a rare gram positive cocci.

MSSA is a type of the common Staph infection that can naturally be found on the skin or in the nose. However, when MSSA is introduced into an open surgical wound, it can lead to severe and potentially fatal infections. MSSA can cause a variety of dangerous complications like septicemia or infection of the blood.

MSSA can be extremely difficult to treat when it causes a deep joint infection. While the presence of bacteria usually triggers the body’s immune system response, if the infection is present on an artificial joint it will not trigger a response.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo knee aspiration, extensive irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange, and long-term PICC line antibiotic therapy.

The plaintiff has suffered severely from the infection both physically and financially with the cost of extensive medical treatment. The South Carolina couple asserts 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of the infection risks associated with the device and that the device is defective in design and manufacture.

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If you or someone you love suffered an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery, you may able to obtain compensation for your injuries. The experienced Bair Hugger infection attorneys at Raizner Slania can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Georgia Couple Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Georgia couple after the husband suffered a severe infection from the device. The couple alleges 3M and Arizant failed to warn them that their Bair Hugger warming blanket presents a serious increased risk of infections for patients.

In July 2012, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used during the course and scope of his right total knee revision surgery. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger device, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were staphylococcus aureus and gram positive cocci.

Staphylococcus aureus or S. aureus is a rod-shaped bacterium commonly present on the skin or in the nose. However, when this bacterium travels into the body via open wounds, it can cause severe and life-threatening complications. If left untreated, S. aureus can cause pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and blood poisoning, among other severe medical complications.

Infections on artificial joints can be extremely difficult to treat. While the presence of bacteria usually triggers the body’s immune system response, the immune system cannot detect bacteria present on an artificial joint.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment including irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange, aspiration, and long-term antibiotics.

The Georgia couple believes 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent by failing to warn patients and doctors of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective in its design and manufacture. Finally, the couple also asserts the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Georgia state law.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or someone you love suffered an infection after a joint repair or replacement surgery within the last five years, you may be eligible to file a claim. The experienced medical device lawyers at Raizner Slania can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Rainer Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of New York Man

Raizner Slania has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York man after he sustained a severe infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket manufactured by 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare.

In September 2012, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger warming blanket is used to regulate body temperature, which can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays. However, the device introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds, causing him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The pathogens identified were staphylococcus aureus and gram-positive cocci.

Staphylococcus aureus is a type of the common Staph infection found in the nose and respiratory tract. While the bacteria exist naturally in the nose and respiratory tract, when Staphylococcus aureus is present in other areas of the body, it can cause serious infections that are very difficult to treat.

As a result of his infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-stage removal and revision surgeries, placement and removal of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridement, aspirations, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

Because of the extensive medical treatment needed to fight the infection, the plaintiff suffered not only physically, but economically as well. He believes 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger. The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger warming blanket is defective in design and manufacture.

How The Bair Hugger Works

The Bair Hugger consists of a blanket with holes that is draped over the patient and a unit that distributes air into the blanket. The Bair Hugger sucks up air from the operating room and forces it into the blanket and out of the holes in the blanket to help regulate body temperature. Unfortunately, while sucking in air, the Bair Hugger also sucks in contaminants in the operating room and directs them to a patient’s open surgical wounds, causing infections.

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If you suffered a deep joint infection after a hip or knee surgery within the last five years, you may be able to hold the manufacturers of the Bair Hugger responsible. Contact the 3M Bair Hugger infection lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Louisiana Couple Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

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

In December 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right hip bipolar hemiarthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. However, the Bair Hugger device introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a deep joint infection. The pathogen identified 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 patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery. 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 infections very dangerous for patients with medical implants, and can cause them serious and life-threatening side effects.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multiple excisional debridements, an incision and drainage along with a single-stage removal surgery, long-term PICC line antibiotics, and was ultimately discharged to a rehabilitation facility for further treatment.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection, but he has also suffered economically with extensive medical bills. The Louisiana couple believes the device is defective in design in manufacture, and that 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients and doctors of its risks.

Why Do Hospitals Use The Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is used to regulate body temperature during surgery. Without a device to regulate temperature, most patients would experience hypothermia during operations. By regulating body temperature, patients can reduce their bleeding risk and shorten hospital stays. Unfortunately, the design of the Bair Hugger sucks in contaminants from the operating room and disperses them over the patient, leading to dangerous infections.

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If you sustained a staph infection after a joint replacement surgery, call the defective device lawyers at Raizner Slania today. We can evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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South Carolina Couple Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Infection

Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a South Carolina couple after the husband sustained a severe infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In August 2013, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of the procedure to regulate body temperature. However, the device introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were gram positive cocci, coagulase negative staphylococcus, and enterobacter.

Gram positive cocci is a type of bacteria responsible for many serious infections. This type of bacteria is resistant to some of the antibiotics used to treat infections, making it a very dangerous infection for patients. Coagulase negative staphylococcus is a type of Staph infection that is common among patients with implanted medical devices. If left untreated, coagulase negative staphylococcus can prove to be fatal. Enterobacter is a type of bacteria that can cause a variety of infections requiring prolonged hospitalizations to treat.

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

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically because of the Bair Hugger device, but he has also suffered economically. He has extensive medical bills because of the prolonged treatment.

The South Carolina couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in design and manufacture and that 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn them of the dangers associated with the device. In addition, they claim the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under South Carolina law.

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If you underwent 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. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.