What is Bair Hugger?

It is well established in the medical community that keeping a patient warm during surgery has numerous health benefits. To do this, many hospitals use a system referred to as the Bair Hugger, which is a device that draws in air, warms it, and then pumps it underneath a blanket to keep the patient warm while surgery is performed. While the purpose of the device is to circulate air and warm the patient during surgery, evidence shows warm air might not be the only thing it circulates. It has been reported a growing number of infections have stemmed from the Bair Hugger system. This is due to the fact the Bair Hugger system may also be circulating bacteria found in the surgery room and depositing it directly to the site of surgery.

What does this mean for you?

An increasing number of lawsuits have been filed and are continually being filed in regards to the Bair Hugger system. Allegations of a cover-up have been reported. The inventor of the Bair Hugger, Dr. Scott Augustine, warned in 2010 that the device could spread bacteria and cause infections. He also made a more shocking claim to the New York Times stating the company selling the device, national medical device conglomerate 3M, was covering up this danger to keep sales strong.
Reports suggest the Bair Hugger system generates:

  • Over 2,000 times more bacteria in the air near the surgical site
  • A 3.8 times increased risk of developing sepsis (blood poisoning) at the surgery site

Additionally, reports further speculate that there was a 74% decrease in infections when the Bair Hugger system was not used in surgery.

Remedying the Problem

There are more than 50,000 Bair Hugger warming blankets in hospitals nationwide, and the devices have been used on millions of patients. The lawsuits already filed in regards to this system claim the manufacturer has known about the surgical infection risk for years yet failed to make design changes or provide warnings to the medical community.

Alternatives are available and if you are undergoing surgery in the near future, please talk to your medical professional about these alternatives before your surgery! Some of the alternatives that may be available include:

  • A disposable blanket placed under the sterile drapes;
  • A warming pad, placed under the patient when the procedure will not allow a warming blanket on top; and
  • Warm intravenous fluids and irrigation

Our product liability attorneys are currently investigating Bair Hugger claims.  If you or a loved one developed an infection post-surgery and one of these Bair Hugger machines was used during surgery procedures, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to discuss your possible right to legal remedy.

Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

See What Our Clients Are Saying

I am really pleased with the service I got from The Ruth Law Team. thank you very much Amy for all your help & satisfaction.

 
Clenton J.
St. Petersburg

Great team to work with.

 
Jane B.
St. Petersburg

Great team of people to work with. Very understanding and helpful. Completely satisfied.

 
Lorraine B.
Hernando, FL

We felt confident in the Ruth Law group to assist our daughter's claim and the team was always quick to respond to inquiries and questions.

 
Cynthia C.
Wesley Chapel

Excellent law firm to work with! Responded quickly to questions and issues. Dealt with medical and other expenses that I could never have done. Very friendly and professional staff!

 
Christopher T.
Plant City

I am glad I picked The Ruth Law Team. Eric Roslansky was very comforting and professional with my accident. The staff was very courteous and friendly always answering questions happily. I would recommend them any time.

 
Auto Accident Client
Riverview

What Happens Next?

At The Ruth Law Team, we understand that this may be your first time seeking legal counsel and how intimidating that decision might be. This is why we have simplified the process to help you make the right decision for your circumstances. This 3-step process includes:

Complete Our Case Evaluation Form

This quick survey will help us better understand what happened and which attorney is the best fit for your situation.

Speak with One of Our Attorneys

The best way for you to have a clear idea your options is to speak with an attorney who specializes in your area of need.

Submit Your
Claim

Once you decide that The Ruth Law Team is the right option to represent you, we will begin the process of submitting your claim.

Contact Our Defective Product Attorneys

Being injured by a defective product can have a significant impact on you and those you love. That is why it is essential to hold any involved parties accountable for the damages that they have caused by contacting The Ruth Law Team at (888) 783-8378 for a free review of your case by one of our defective products attorneys. Let us put our experience and resources to work for you so you can focus on putting your life back together.

Lawyers You Can Trust