Warming Blanket Infections from Orthopedic Surgery

Product Liability Lawyers Protecting Surgical Patients

Patients in sterile surgical suites often deal with the risk of hypothermia, where the body cannot heat itself as quickly as it is losing heat. One way surgeons have been dealing with this risk is through warming blankets. Since 1988, the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket has been used in hundreds of millions of surgeries, but has recently come under fire for its use in orthopedic surgeries, among others. If you have experienced major infections after being given a forced air warming blanket, either the Bair Hugger or otherwise, contact the law firm of BPB. When you need answers and legal guidance, contact our firm for a free consultation.

No Fee Unless We Win

Request Your Free Consultation

How the Bair Hugger May Have Caused Your Infection

The inventor of the Bair Hugger, Dr. Scott Augustine, has been speaking out against the device by claiming that using it leads to severe and harmful infections, specifically deep-joint infections. While it was tested for use in various forms of surgery, it has never been tested for orthopedic surgery—despite its wide use in that area of medicine. The way the blanket works is by forcing warmed air through the blanket, which contains large plastic tubes.

The warmed air keeps the patient from becoming hypothermic, but it also disrupts the sterile environment of the surgery room.

It causes contaminants on the floor to circulate the room, allowing them to land on prosthetic attachments and create PJI, or prosthetic joint infection. These infections require patients to have multiple orthopedic surgeries to correct—some cases result in amputation. The parent company of the manufacturer, 3M, does not agree with the scientific sources that claim a connection between infection and their product. That has not made them immune to legal accountability.

Holding Companies Accountable for Over 30 Years

If you are dealing with the consequences of prosthetic joint infection caused by this defective product, BPB is prepared to handle your case. We have decades of experience handling complex injury claims, and we do not rest until every possible avenue for compensation is explored and utilized. When you work with our firm, you are never alone—we ensure that you have direct access to our attorneys at all times, no matter what.

Contact our firm by calling (888) 367-7160 to schedule your free consultation.

Commitment to Our Clients

  • 01 Highest quality
    & ethical
    legal services
  • 02 Focus on each
    case as if it
    were our own
  • 03 Strive for
    excellence in keeping
    clients informed
  • 04 Erase any
    doubts clients have
    in their case
  • 05 Work hard to
    earn the trust
    of our clients
How we fight for you

Hear from Our Clients

At BPB, we are proud of the representation that we provide to our clients—the financial compensation that we have won on their behalf and the way we have protected their rights. If you would like to hear what they think of our national trial attorneys, straight from their mouths, please take a minute to watch the videos below.

  • Aubry Campbell (Mesothelioma Claim)
  • Sherrie Moore (Mesothelioma Claim)
  • Loretta Lamont (Mesothelioma Claim)
  • Ava Campbell (Mesothelioma Claim)
  • Pat Chiacchio (Mesothelioma Claim)
  • Doris Hamblett (Mesothelioma Claim)

Representing Victims & Their Families Throughout the U.S. for over 30 Years

  • They made it known that they really care, not just about the lawsuit or winning, but about me as a human being.

    - Ava Campbell
  • They treated us with so much respect and care, I felt that they really cared about what we were going through.

    - Dorris Hamblett
  • There is a law firm out there that will fight for your family’s rights and I think Bailey Peavy Bailey is the way to go.

    - Loretta Lamont
  • It wasn’t like he was acting as an “attorney-client” relationship, it was almost looking at how a mother would talk to her son. It made us feel as a family extremely comfortable.

    - Pat Chiacchio
  • Firms like this need to be commended for taking on the giant.

    - Sherrie Moore
  • Attorney Heckaman has provided outstanding legal guidance and support. I am very pleased with all aspects of our business/legal relationship.

    - Barry Johnson
  • We were always treated with dignity and respect. I highly recommend Aaron Heckaman to any client needing asbestos or related litigation.

    - Aubrey Campbell
  • Thanks so much for what you’ve done for me and my family.

    - Marie Delffs
  • The team was very accommodating and helpful.

    - Andria Tanguma
  • Our attorney has been truly remarkable.

    - Dorothy Brown
  • I am very thankful I made the phone call.

    - Richard Kanoski
  • Randy Reagan was outstanding, concerned, committed, and professional.

    - Robert King Jr.
  • Our attorney, Randy Reagan, was fantastic!

    - Virginia Butler
  • Very thorough and knowledgeable. Answered all my questions.

    - Linda Mann
  • They have done what they said they would do.

    - Janice Hunter
  • I can never thank you enough.

    - Jeanette Poage
  • Very professional. When I had a question, it was answered.

    - Thomas Szabo
  • Our attorney was compassionate and caring during the most difficult time. He is a man of impeccable character!

    - Bonnie Feist
  • Thank you for your hard work and compassion!

    - Therese LeFever
  • Very professional and knowledgeable about all issues!

    - Charles Bowen
  • I would recommend Bailey Peavey Bailey Cowan Heckaman to my friends and family.

    - Jeanette Davis and Tonya Force
  • The firm was very personal and treated me kindly.

    - Willa Maye Shepherd
  • They will leave no stone unturned

    - Merle Breiland
  • Highly recommend

    - Mark Poedtke
  • Few have had such a personal concern for its clients as has BPB

    - Gordon R. Stone, Ed.D.
  • Thank you for your help and hard work you have done

    - Kirby - Referral Attorney