Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger E. Coli infection lawsuit on behalf of a Nevada man after he sustained an infection from the device. The Nevada man claims the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn him of the infection risk associated with the device.
In October 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger is designed to regulate a patient’s body temperature by dispersing air into a blanket with holes draped over the patient. Because of this design, the Bair Hugger has the potential to suck up air with contaminants and force the air into a patient’s open surgical wound.
As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) also known as a deep joint infection (PJI). The pathogen identified was E. Coli bacteremia.
Escherichia Coli or E. Coli as it is more commonly known, can cause a variety of infections, including meningitis and streptococcal infections. E. Coli might best be known for causing food poisoning, E. Coli joint infections can cause serious side effects, like septic arthritis, osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone), and endocarditis (an infection in the heart’s lining).
The plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive treatment to fight the E. Coli infection, including multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, aspiration, extensive irrigation and debridements, placement and removal of antibiotic spacers, long-term PICC line antibiotics. The plaintiff suffered additional complications from his medical treatment, including anemia and acute renal failure.
The plaintiff suffered physically from his infection caused by the Bair Hugger and economically due to the cost of extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant have committed consumer fraud and/or engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices under Nevada state law.
Bair Hugger E. Coli Infection Lawyers
If you suffered an E. Coli infection or any other type of infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to file a claim against the Bair Hugger manufacturers. Call the experienced Bair Hugger E. Coli infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.