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The Bair Hugger was invented by Dr. Scott Augustine, an anesthesiologist, and the FDA approved the device in 1988. But Augustine in 2010 asserted that his device is a danger to surgical patients because the forced air can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections. One plaintiff alleges she developed a drug-resistant infection that resulted in leg amputation, as a result of wearing the Bair Hugger.
The single-use Bair Hugger blankets and gowns were used in 22 million surgeries in 2012.
The case is In re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation, case number 0:15-md-02666, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.