Lawsuits have been filed by people who developed infections after hip replacement surgery involving the Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a hip replacement infection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Hip Replacement Infections
Infections only occur in about 1% of hip replacements, but they are very serious because they develop deep inside the body. The most common treatment is a two-stage hip revision surgery involving removal of the original implant, debridement of soft tissues, and insertion of antibiotic spacers where tissues were removed.
A growing problem in hospitals is antibiotic-resistant infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This infection can easily spread to bones, joints, the blood, or nearby organs. Treatment involves oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics for several months. During that time, the patient has low mobility and a high risk of complications, including amputation and death.
Signs & Symptoms of a Hip Replacement Infection
- High fever
- Increasing pain or stiffness
- Warmth and redness around the hip
- Drainage from the wound
- Chills, and night sweats
Does the Bair Hugger Cause Infections?
The Bair Hugger regulates a patient’s body temperature using warm air, which is pumped through a hose into a single-use blanket that is draped over a patient’s body during surgery. In 2010, its inventor warned about the risk of infections. Dr. Augustine said the forced air can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections. Even small amounts of bacteria can cause devastating infections deep inside the body.
Complications of a Hip Replacement Infection
- Amputation if the infection cannot be cured
- Debridement surgery to clean out the hip and remove infected tissues
- Hospitalization to receive IV antibiotics
- Multiple surgeries to remove and replace the artificial hip
- Permanent disability or death
Hip Replacement Infection Lawsuits
The physical, emotional, and financial impact of a hip replacement infection can be devastating. In addition to significant financial losses due to medical expenses and lost income, many victims are left permanently disabled by chronic pain or limited mobility.
The good news for you is that lawsuits are already being filed against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, the manufacturers of the Bair Hugger. They are accused of failing to warn about infections from the Bair Hugger, failing to make it safer, and continuing to sell it despite known risks.
Do I have a Hip Replacement Infection Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting 3M Bair Hugger induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a hip replacement infection, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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