Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of a Ohio couple after the wife suffered a severe infection from the device. The couple believes 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to adequately warn them of the infection risks associated with their dangerous medical device.
In July 2015, the plaintiff underwent a total knee arthroplasty during which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her procedure. The Bair Hugger device caused contaminants to be introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused her to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen responsible for the infection was identified as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.
MRSA is a type of Staph infection that is incredibly dangerous because it is resistant to many antibiotics typically used to treat infections. Because MRSA is difficult to treat, patients often experience a variety of serious and life threatening side effects, including sepsis, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections, among others. MRSA infections are particularly dangerous for hip and knee implant patients, and can require complete amputation of the affected limb to fight the infection.
As a result of the MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement and removal of an antibiotic spacer, multiple aspirations, and long-term PICC line antibiotics.
The plaintiff not only suffered physically from her infection, but also suffered economically both with the cost of extensive medical treatment and lost wages. The Ohio couple alleges the Bair Hugger warming blanket is defective in design and manufacture and is unreasonably dangerous. The plaintiffs also assert 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law.