Hip replacement infection lawsuit plaintiffs are seeking compensation for post-operative deep joint infections allegedly caused by the 3M Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket. These complaints charge that the Bair Hugger allows contaminated air from the operating room floor to come in contact with the surgical site during hip implant procedures, placing patients at risk for MRSA, sepsis and other dangerous infections.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP has launched an investigation into hip replacement infections that may have been caused by the 3M Bair Hugger surgical blanket. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with a deep joint infection following hip implant surgery, please call (888) 994-5118 to learn if you might be qualified to file a Bair Hugger lawsuit.
Fortunately, hip replacement infections are rare, and affect only about 1% of patients. However, recovery is difficult and painful for the few who do develop a serious deep joint infection following implant surgery, as the body’s immune system is unable to combat bacteria once it contaminates the metal, plastic and ceramic in an artificial hip. Antibiotic-resistant infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can even travel to the bones, joints, the blood, or nearby organs. Resolving the infection can require months of IV antibiotic therapy, additional surgeries, replacement of the artificial joint, and even amputation in the most serious cases.
A hip replacement infection can occur shortly after surgery, or months after a joint has been implanted. Patients should contact their doctors if they experience any of the following symptoms:
The Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket is manufactured by the 3M Company’s Arizant Healthcare, Inc. subsidiary. Today, it is used by thousands of U.S. hospitals to help patients maintain an optimal body temperature during surgical procedures. The apparatus consists of a portable heater that forces warm air through a hose into a disposable blanket that is draped over the patient.
A growing number of hip replacement infection lawsuits claim that the Bair Hugger suffers from a design flaw that allows it to sweep up air from the operating room floor and deposit it into the surgical site. Treatment of the resulting infections may include:
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free case reviews to individuals who may have been harmed by the Bair Hugger surgical blanket. To learn more about the legal issues involved in pursuing a hip replacement infection lawsuit, please contact our office by calling (888) 994-5118.
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