Inventor Says Bair Hugger Increases Risk of Infection

Dr. Scott D. Augustine invented the Bair Hugger more than 20 years ago. The device forces heated air through a hose to a blanket which is draped over a patient during surgery. The device can lower a patient’s risk of blood loss.

Today, however, Augustine warns against using the device. He insists that the Bair Hugger can spread bacteria over the sterile surgical field, creating a significant infection risk for patients receiving artificial heart valves or hip or knee implants.

According to Augustine, these infections can cause extreme pain and suffering and result in permanent disability. Patients may need surgery to remove their implants and may face hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs.

The Bair Hugger is produced by Arizant, Inc., which is a subsidiary of 3M, a company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patients and families from across the country have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer. These lawsuits generally claim that the manufacturer failed to warn doctors and their patients about infection risks associated with the Bair Hugger.

Becker Law Office will protect your rights if you or a loved one suffered harm from use of the Bair Hugger warming blanket during surgery. We can explore your options for seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.

Contact us today to learn more, we are ready to get to work on your case and get you the compensation you deserve.