Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of an Ohio couple after the husband suffered severe complications caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket used during his knee replacement surgery.
In February 2011, the Ohio man underwent a total knee replacement procedure in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of his surgery. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).
The infection was identified as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Also known as a superbug, MRSA is commonly found in hospitals and is resistant to many of the antibiotics that could be used to treat it.
As a result of the MRSA infection, the plaintiff had to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridement, and antibiotic therapy. Additionally, the plaintiff had to undergo treatment related to the spreading of the infection, including a lumbar laminectomy to evacuate a lumbar epidural abscess and the removal of lumbar hardware with additional washouts.
The severe infection caused the plaintiff not only substantial physical pain and suffering, but also economic loss through both extensive medical bills and lost wages.
The plaintiffs allege 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of infection risks associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket. The plaintiffs also claim the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture, that the manufacturers are in breach of Ohio’s implied warranty of merchantability, and that they committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law.
How Does The Bair Hugger Work?
The Bair Hugger is a surgical blanket that uses forced air to regulate body temperature during surgery. The Bair Hugger is draped over the patient and warm air is pumped through a hose into the blanket, which has holes through which the air can disburse over the patient. While regulating body temperature during surgery can decrease bleeding risks and speed up recovery, the design of the Bair Hugger can introduce dangerous contaminants into open surgical wounds.
Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Infection Lawyers
Patients who suffered an infection after a hip or knee replacement surgery within the last five years may be able to file a Bair Hugger infection claim and obtain compensation. The experienced defective medical device lawyers at Raizner Slania can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.