Could I have been at a higher risk of developing an infection after the use of a Bair Hugger warming device during my surgery?

While performing knee or hip replacement surgery, physicians have used the Bair Hugger forced hot air warming device to prevent or treat hypothermia in millions of people. One of the biggest risks associated with a surgical procedure is a drop in a patient’s body temperature. Warming blankets are designed to regulate body temperature during surgery. Unfortunately, however, 3M’s Bair Hugger warming device has been linked to deep joint infections when used during knee or hip replacement surgeries. Some patients may be at higher risk for developing these infections based on their current medical condition.

Factors That Increase the Risk of Infection During Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

When the Bair Hugger device is used during hip or knee replacement surgery, patients with the following conditions may be at an increased risk of contracting a deep joint infection:

  1. Obesity
  2. Poor circulation to the hands and feet
  3. Diabetes mellitus
  4. Immune deficiencies, such as lymphoma or HIV

Also, patients who are undergoing immunosuppressive treatments, such as chemotherapy or corticosteroids, may also be at increased risk of infection.

While a knee or hip replacement surgery can have a positive outcome for many patients, those who are left with a deep joint infection may suffer from significant financial, physical, and emotional losses. Fortunately, the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger device may be liable for these damages. If you suffered an infection caused by the use of the Bair Hugger device, we can help. Check out our many client testimonials to learn more about how we have helped other families obtain the compensation that they deserve.

David W. Hodges
David Hodges is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice on personal injury claims.