Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a South Carolina couple after the husband sustained a severe infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket.
In August 2013, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of the procedure to regulate body temperature. However, the device introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were gram positive cocci, coagulase negative staphylococcus, and enterobacter.
Gram positive cocci is a type of bacteria responsible for many serious infections. This type of bacteria is resistant to some of the antibiotics used to treat infections, making it a very dangerous infection for patients. Coagulase negative staphylococcus is a type of Staph infection that is common among patients with implanted medical devices. If left untreated, coagulase negative staphylococcus can prove to be fatal. Enterobacter is a type of bacteria that can cause a variety of infections requiring prolonged hospitalizations to treat.
As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the plaintiff was forced to undergo irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange, aspiration, and long-term PICC line antibiotics treat the infection.
Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically because of the Bair Hugger device, but he has also suffered economically. He has extensive medical bills because of the prolonged treatment.
The South Carolina couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in design and manufacture and that 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn them of the dangers associated with the device. In addition, they claim the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under South Carolina law.