Report: Bair Hugger’s Inventor is a Critic of the Device

A Florida Bair Hugger lawyer notes that the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the medical device that has been used on hundreds of millions of patients since it was first introduced to the market, has its own creator as one of its biggest opponents. The warming blanket has been plagued by reports that it allegedly stirs up contaminants and causes serious infections. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to pursue claims by filing a Florida Bair Hugger lawsuit.

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Claim: Bair Hugger Manufacturer Knew of Infection Risks for Years

Numerous lawsuits have been filed alleging that the Bair Hugger surgical blanket, manufactured by the 3M Company, stirs up contaminants and causes severe infections, with many attorneys noting that the device’s own inventor has become its biggest critic. The Bair Hugger warming blanket is used on surgical patients to help regulate body temperature and prevent the onset of hypothermia. According to, the inventor of the device claims that 3M knew of the infection risk as far back as 2010 but continued to market the device to keep sales strong, despite existing knowledge of its flaws and its propensity to cause infections.

Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the Bair Hugger’s inventor, has since come out with a new device intended to replace the allegedly defective Bair Hugger blanket, known as the Hot Dog. Like the Bair Hugger, the Hot Dog is designed to keep patients warm, but unlike the Bair Hugger, the Hot Dog does not rely on air to do so. Instead, it works much like an electric blanket warming the patient from above and below simultaneously, the website reported.

How a Florida Bair Hugger Lawyer Can Help

Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.

People injured by defective medical devices may be eligible to recover money for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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