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.