Manufacturers of the Bair Hugger Therapy medical device are being sued for making a defective product. The device, which keeps surgery patients warm and their body temperatures up during long, invasive procedures, is manufactured by Arizant, a medical company owned by manufacturing conglomerate 3M.
Dr. Scott D. Augustine invented the Bair Hugger Therapy device in the mid-1980s, got FDA approval for it in 1987, and brought it to market in 1988. However, in 2002 Dr. Augustine resigned from his own company, and has been campaigning against the use of the Bair Hugger device ever since.
The reason for Dr. Augustine’s resignation and change of opinion was his discovery that the Bair Hugger device could lead to a greater risk for infection if used in the following surgeries:
- Orthopedic surgery
- Surgery involving implants
Because the infection risk for these types of surgeries is already high, Dr. Augustine recommends that the Bair Hugger Therapy device not be used in orthopedic or implant procedures. Multiple studies released between 2011 and 2013 all appear to confirm this opinion, showing how the device can interfere with ventilation systems meant to remove contaminants, and can even attract more contaminants to the surgical area thanks to its forced-air functionality.
However, 3M and Arizant have continued to use and market the device, potentially causing many more infections, and opening them up to lawsuits, several of which have already been filed against them.
If you had an orthopedic or implant surgery in the last several years that was complicated by a post-operative infection, there’s a chance that the Bair Hugger Therapy device was involved. You should contact the defective product lawyers at Long & Long immediately by calling (251) 432-2277. We have the experience and contacts within the medical community to effectively fight for you.