The Bair Hugger, a single-use surgical warming blanket manufactured by the diversified manufacturing company 3M, is intended to assist anesthetized patients in regulating body temperature during surgical procedures. When under general anesthesia, a patient’s body temperature can drop quickly, which can increase the risk of unintentional hypothermia. The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming system which consists of rows of inflatable tubes and a separate unit that pumps warm air into the tubes.
While the Bair Hugger has been in circulation for nearly thirty years, recent studies have expressed concern over the warming unit’s disturbance of contaminants on the floor of operating rooms, disrupting the flow of sterile air in the operating room. Waste heat from the warming unit can build up underneath the operating table, creating convection currents which stir up contaminants and allow them to embed themselves on tissue and implant surfaces exposed during surgery. The ultimate result of this contamination can lead to debilitating deep-joint infections and a need for corrective surgery.
If you or a loved one has been under anesthesia during surgery and were kept warm by a Bair Hugger, you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of deep-joint infection. Please contact the Law Offices of George Salinas today. Cases like yours require special attention, care, and a fierce passion for justice. The damage done can last beyond a botched surgery; it could affect you for the rest of your life. Please call us today at (210) 225.0909; we’re here to help. Our consultation and thorough analysis of your case is free. Let us fight to bring you justice.