Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Louisiana couple after the wife sustained a severe MRSA infection from the Bair Hugger warming device.
In September 2015, the plaintiff underwent bilateral total knee arthroplasties in which the Bair Hugger was used during the scope of her procedures. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection, or PJI. The pathogen responsible for the infection was identified as MRSA.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, is an incredibly dangerous infection commonly acquired in hospitals. MRSA is oftentimes referred to as a “superbug” because it is resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat infections. PJIs are difficult to treat because bacteria on the prosthetic joint do not trigger the body’s immune system response. For patients with MRSA joint infections, the condition is very serious and potentially life threatening.
In order to treat the infection, the plaintiff had to undergo irrigation and debridement with exchange of tibial polyethylene spacers, PICC line antibiotics, and long-term antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately, she suffered additional complications from the infection, including sepsis, when the body’s immune system response injures its own organs and tissues. After prolonged hospital stays, the plaintiff was discharged to a rehabilitation facility to continue her recovery.
The plaintiff suffered terribly both physically and emotionally. Both she and her husband also suffered economically with extensive medical bills.
The Louisiana couple believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to properly warn them of the infection risks associated with the Bair Hugger warming device. The couple alleges the devices are defective, and the companies are in violation of the state of Louisiana’s consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices laws.