What You Should Know About Hospital Warming Blankets and Surgery

What You Should Know About Hospital Warming Blankets and Surgery

Did you know that there a number of problems involving products that are currently affecting citizens throughout the country? Some affect the elderly, and some involve those who recently had surgeries in our local hospitals. 

One area of product liability/medical malpractice that our firm has taken an interest in are the injuries involving warming blankets that are used in most of the hospitals in the United States. Some of these warming blankets have been linked to severe joint infections patients suffered after knee or hip surgery. In fact, lawsuits have been filed claiming that the Bair Hugger warming blanket that is manufactured by 3M has exposed hospital patients to contaminated air from the operating room causing sepsis and MRSA. 

The Bair Hugger warming blanket is a product that helps patients to maintain their normal body temperature during hip and knee replacement surgeries. The system works by forcing warm air through a hose into a special blanket that is draped over the patient. Unfortunately, this system allows warm air to accumulate and escape below the surgical table and can cause contaminants to become airborne. It may also create a current that deposits bacteria from the operating floor back into the blanket and the surgical site. It seems that during surgery, warm air passes over the patient’s skin, escapes from the sides of the warming blanket, dips into dirty air near the floor, and then rises, along with any bacteria that might be carried into the surgical site. As a result, patients have a greater risk of developing post-surgical infections, such as MRSA, sepsis or deep joint infections. 

If any of you reading this blog have experienced  or have loved ones who have experienced serious infections after knee, hip or joint replacement surgery, this may be the cause and you may want to look into it further. 

 


Did you know that there a number of problems involving products that are currently affecting citizens throughout the country? Some affect the elderly, and some involve those who recently had surgeries in our local hospitals.