Raizner Slania has filed a deep joint infection lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Virginia couple after the husband sustained an infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket. The couple alleges 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of the infection risks associated with the medical device.
In April 2015, the plaintiff underwent artificial joint surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger system is used to help regulate body temperature during operations. By regulating body temperature, doctors can reduce a patient’s bleeding risk and shorten hospital stays. However, the design of the Bair Hugger takes contaminants from the operating room air and forces them into open surgical wounds.
Contaminants introduced by the Bair Hugger during the plaintiff’s surgery caused him to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The plaintiff had to undergo extensive treatment to fight the infection including irrigation and debridement with poly exchange, PICC line, and oral antibiotics. Additionally, the plaintiff required physical therapy and the use of a walker.
DJIs are more difficult to treat than other types of infections. Under normal circumstances, the presence of infection-causing bacteria in the body triggers the immune system. The immune system then releases antibodies to fight the infection. However, bacteria present on artificial joints don’t trigger an immune system response; therefore, the body doesn’t release any antibodies. This means the infection can grow unchecked by the immune system.
The Virginia couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both its design and manufacture. The couple also alleges 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Virginia state law.
Deep Joint Infection Lawyers
Patients have a right to know all of the risks associated with procedures before deciding on treatment. 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients of the infection risks associated with using its Bair Hugger system and now thousands of patients are suffering from life-threatening infections. If you or someone you love has a deep joint infection from a hip or knee surgery performed within the last five years, Raizner Slania LLP can help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.