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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Georgia Woman Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Staph Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Georgia woman who suffered a severe Staph infection caused by the Bair Hugger device.

In September 2011, the plaintiff underwent a right knee total arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of her procedure. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection or PJI. The pathogens were identified as staph epidermidis and staph aureus.

Staphylococcus, more commonly referred to as staph, is a bacteria that causes some of the most common infections, including pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and blood poisoning. Staph epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a type of staph infection capable of creating a biofilm on plastic devices inside the body. This biofilm helps cultivate additional infections from other types of bacteria and can be difficult to treat with antibiotics. Staph aureus (S. aureus) is also a type of staph infection that can cause skin abscesses, respiratory infections, and food poisoning. When S. aureus is acquired during a joint replacement surgery, the infection can cause many serious side effects.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, she was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridements, knee aspirations, and long-term antibiotic therapy.

The infection not only caused the plaintiff to suffer physically, but also caused her economic loss from the extensive medical bills. The plaintiff alleges 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger device. She also believes the companies violated the consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices laws of the state of Georgia.

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Patients deserve to know all of the risks associated with medical devices before their use. If you or someone you love received an infection after a hip or knee replacement surgery, you may be able to file a claim. Call the Bair Hugger staph infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.