The 3M Bair Hugger system was invented in the 1980s to keep hospital patients warm before, during, and after surgery involving anesthesia. Acting as a forced-air warming blanket system, the Bair Hugger became a common fixture at hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. and has been used millions of times.
Unfortunately, the Bair Hugger system has a dangerous design flaw, increasing the risk to patients of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), sepsis, and other hospital-acquired infections after certain surgeries.
Researchers discovered that the heat generated by the Bair Hugger devices can inadvertently cause bacteria and other contaminants on hospital floors to become airborne by re-directing airflow. For patients undergoing knee, hip, or heart valve replacement surgery, these airborne contaminants can spread to surgery sites, causing serious infections and leading to further surgeries and disability. In fact, in a 2010 New York Times article, the inventor of the Bair Hugger system, Dr. Scott Augustine, claims it should no longer be used because of safety risks.
Working in collaboration with other national law firms, Berman & Simmons is handling claims involving patients who developed serious infections after surgeries in which Bair Hugger and other forced-air heating systems were used. There are strict statutes of limitations in medical device lawsuits, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a potential Maine Bair Hugger Lawsuit.