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Bair Hugger Class Action Lawsuit

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3M is facing over 500 lawsuits from people who developed deep joint infections after the Bair Hugger forced-air warming device was used in their surgery.

Overview

The Bair Hugger is a special blanket used to keep surgery patients under anesthesia warm. It works like a forced-air heater, pushing warm air through a hose into a blanket that is draped over an unconscious patient.

The problem, critics say, is that the Bair Hugger can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections, according to the New York Times.

Lawsuits have already been filed by a man who had to have his leg amputated after developing an antibiotic-resistant infection following knee replacement surgery. Another lawsuit was filed by a man who had to have 15 surgeries after developing an infection following hip replacement surgery.

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