A growing number of lawsuits have been filed by people who had deep joint infections after knee replacement surgery involving the Bair Hugger, a forced-air warming blanket made by 3M.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting knee replacement induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a deep joint 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.
What is the problem?
Every year, thousands of people undergo knee replacement surgery. Normally, only about 1% develop an infection. Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that a common surgical blanket could be contributing to the problem.
Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Blanket
The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming blanket that pumps warm air into a single-use blanket that is draped over the patient. Its inventor, Dr. Scott Augustine, told the New York Times in 2010 that surgeons should start using products that work more like electric blankets to reduce the risk of infection. He says his invention is a danger to surgical patients receiving implant devices like artificial joints because the forced air can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections.
Knee Replacement Infections
Deep joint infections are the most serious risks of knee replacement surgery. Symptoms typically include high fever, shaking chills, night sweats, drainage from the knee, redness, pain, swelling, stiffness, and fatigue.
Complications of a knee replacement infection:
- Hospitalization: Infections deep in the knee can spread to the bloodstream or other parts of the body, which is why patients often must be hospitalized to receive intravenous (IV) antibiotics.
- Surgery: Caught early enough, infections can often be cured with surgery to wash out the knee, remove contaminated soft tissues, remove the original artificial joint, and insert antibiotic spacers.
- Knee replacement: Once the infection is under control, another surgery will be necessary to replace the artificial knee.
- Amputation: If the infection can’t be controlled, the leg may need to be amputated.
Long Road to Recovery
Patients who develop severe knee replacement infections face years of recovery. It will take at least a few months to clear the infection and replace the joint, plus months of rehabilitation. Even with aggressive treatment, many victims are left with permanent disabilities.
Do I have a Knee 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 deep joint 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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