Bair Hugger’s Blanket Inventor Concerned About Infection Risk

A Tennessee Bair Hugger lawyer notes that the inventor of a widely used medical warming device is among those now decrying it, alleging it can cause contamination within a patient’s surgical openings. The inventor of the Bair Hugger warming blanket is expected to testify in lawsuits that have been filed against 3M Healthcare, the device manufacturer. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a Tennessee Bair Hugger lawsuit.

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One Patient Claims Site Infection Required Fifteen Additional Surgeries

More than a dozen patients have filed lawsuits against 3M, the maker of a popular hospital patient-warming device, alleging it left them with infections severe enough to warrant amputations and numerous corrective surgeries. According to, the device in question, the Bair Hugger warming blanket, is currently the best-selling device of its kind in the United States, but one of its staunchest opponents is an unexpected one: its own inventor.

Bair Hugger’s inventor contends that, not only is there a connection between the blanket and the risk of surgical infection, but also that the blanket’s marketer allegedly knew of the connection and tried to hide it. The inventor alleges the company feared that sales would suffer if word got out about the enhanced medical risk; a claim the company denies.  While the conditions of all of the plaintiffs are not currently known, one patient who used the blanket after undergoing hip surgery had a surgical site infection severe enough to require 15 additional surgeries, the website reported.

How a Tennessee Bair Hugger Lawyer Can Help

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

Patients who suffered severe infections from a Bair Hugger warming blanket may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • The permanency of the injury
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Loss of income or ability to work

If a patient dies from their infection, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:

  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses

Patients who have suffered severe infections from Bair Hugger warming blankets, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of a Tennessee Bair Hugger lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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