The Bair Hugger® is a forced-air warming device used to warm patients during total hip or knee replacements. The device forces warm air into a blanket used to cover patients during surgery and regulate the patient’s temperature.
Injuries and Allegations
Hundreds of cases have been filed in the District of Minnesota, where 3M manufactured the device. The complaints allege that the warning system allows bacteria to flow into the surgical site causing deep joint infections.
Deep joint infections can include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), sepsis and other serious infections. Treatment for infections include additional surgeries, antibiotic therapy and in serious cases, amputation.
News & Updates
Bair Hugger Warming Devices Confirmed to be Source of Airborne Microbial Contamination
Dr. McGrory recently conducted a pilot study at Maine Medical Center evaluating perioperative body temperature in patients undergoing total joint surgery. All patients in the study received pre-operative warming at 41-degrees Celcius with 3M’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer and intraoperatively they received warm cotton blankets out of common blanket warmers and in-line IV fluid warming with 3M’s Ranger fluid warming device. This podcast provides valuable information regarding the controversy surrounding Bair Hugger and unpacks related Bair Hugger legal battles, medical literature, and corporate competition.
Bair Hugger lawsuit reinstated
Things are looking up for plaintiffs in the massive multi-district litigation against 3M over its patient warming device, the Bair Hugger, since the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month cried foul and reversed a summary judgment for the defendant in Amador v. 3M.
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PODCAST: Anesthesia Guidebook – Preventing Hypothermia in Arthroplasty Surgery with Brian McGrory, MD
Podcast, Anethesia Guidebook talk about preventing hypothermia during total joint replacement surgery. Dr McGrory recently conducted a pilot study at Maine Medical Center evaluating perioperative body temperature in patients undergoing total joint surgery. All patients in the study received pre-operative warming at 41-degrees Celcius with 3M’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer and intraoperatively they received warm cotton blankets out of common blanket warmers and in-line IV fluid warming with 3M’s Ranger fluid warming device. The patients in the study group were also draped in a reflective space blanket as the independent variable. Dr McGrory will discuss the results of this pilot study in the podcast, some of which were published as a letter to the editor in The Journal of Arthroplasty.
During the podcast, Anesthesia Guidebook discusses the controversy with forced hot air warmers that’s been widely discussed in peer reviewed, as well as popular news, publications. They unpack & clarify the backstory on Bair Huggers so you know where that stands.
8th Circ. Restores 3M Warming Devices MDL
The Eighth Circuit on Monday revived thousands of suits in multidistrict litigation against 3M over injuries caused by a surgical warming device, finding that the lower court erred by excluding expert witnesses’ opinions on the cause of the patients’ infections.
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