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FDA Clears Bair Hugger for Post-Surgical Use

FDA Clears Bair Hugger for Post-Surgical Use September 12, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC: 3M’s , Bair Hugger, the subject of some 2600 defective products lawsuits across the US, has received clearance for use from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to a spokesperson for the FDA, the agency has no conclusive evidence to establish an association between use of a forced air thermal regulating systems and an increased risk of surgical-site infections.
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3M Bair Hugger Blanket Bellwether Cases Chosen for Trial

3M Bair Hugger Blanket Bellwether Cases Chosen for Trial April 11, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Plaintiffs involved in multi-district litigation (MDL) against 3M’s post-surgery patient-warming device, Bair Hugger, are on their way to court, following the selection of approximately 30 bellwether cases. The patients involved in the MDL allege that the Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming system caused them to develop infections after undergoing surgical procedures. Specifically, the device, which blows hot air into a specially designed blanket covering a patient, spreads bacteria from the hospital floor or the inside of the device, the lawsuits state.
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Federal Bair Hugger Lawsuits Climbing, Now Number 1105 in MDL

Federal Bair Hugger Lawsuits Climbing, Now Number 1105 in MDL February 8, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Minneapolis, MN: It’s little wonder the Bair Hugger lawsuit ledger continues to grow and swell, given the number of patients for whom the forced-air warming system has been utilized over the past 25 years: some 200 million procedures have used the system, originally designed and deployed to keep the patient warm and prevent hypothermia, amongst other advantages. However, Bair Hugger deep joint infection has become a serious issue for an increasing number of patients, many of whom have filed a warming blanket lawsuit.
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Bair Hugger Lawsuits Keep Coming, Class Actions in US and Canada

Bair Hugger Lawsuits Keep Coming, Class Actions in US and Canada January 13, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Harris County, TX: It’s been a little over a year since plaintiff Ruth Childers from Texas filed her Bair Hugger lawsuit against 3M Co. and three other defendants, alleging the forced-air warming blanket system caused a drug-resistant infection that cost the plaintiff her leg. Childers is suing for more than $1 million in compensation by way of her warming blanket lawsuit (Ruth E. Childers v. 3M Company et al, Case No. 2015-73957 in the US District Court, Harris County, Texas).
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Court Spells Out Bair Hugger Bellwether Trial Timelines

Court Spells Out Bair Hugger Bellwether Trial Timelines December 13, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Ramsey County, MN: It’s been almost a year to the day that a small collection of plaintiffs having filed a Bair Hugger lawsuit had their cases transferred to federal court in Minnesota, effectively creating multidistrict litigation cases that were characterized as being several dozen in number.
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Bair Hugger Lawsuits Continue to Climb

Bair Hugger Lawsuits Continue to Climb November 14, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
St. Paul, MN: In a little over a month the number of Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits have increased by over 100. According to court filings, there were 693 federal cases housed in multidistrict litigation on September 15 of this year. That number had increased to 809 cases by October 17, the most recent information available. With three days to go before the next scheduled Status Conference on the MDL file set for November 17, the update should provide a clearer window on the number of cases in the Bair Hugger MDL as of mid-November.
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Canadian Study: Surgical Warming Blankets and Link to Infection

Canadian Study: Surgical Warming Blankets and Link to Infection October 21, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Kingston, ON: It’s been a little over a year since a landmark study in Canada revealed the striking number of door openings and closings that occur in an operating theatre during surgery. This potential for entry, migration and movement of pathogens and various bacteria may be exacerbated by the common practice of using warming blankets fed with warm air originating from heat-generating blowers located at the floor, as is the case with the Bair Hugger warming blanket system. Recently, this has led to some patients filing Bair Hugger lawsuits.
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Almost 700 Bair Hugger Lawsuits Consolidated in MDL

Almost 700 Bair Hugger Lawsuits Consolidated in MDL September 26, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Saint Paul, MN: Almost 700 Bair Hugger lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings, with plaintiffs alleging the medical blanket is linked to an increased risk of infections. The Bair Hugger blankets, which are designed to keep patients warm during orthopedic surgery and reduce the risk of infections while improving recovery times, may be linked to an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, including MRSA and sepsis.
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Bair Hugger Lawsuits Mounting

Bair Hugger Lawsuits Mounting August 24, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
New York, NY: One of the fastest growing multi-district litigations (MDLs) this summer is Bair Hugger surgical blankets, according to Reuters.
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Bair Hugger Lawsuits Tip of the Iceberg

Bair Hugger Lawsuits Tip of the Iceberg July 20, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Baton Rouge, LA: The number of filings in multidistrict litigation over the Bair Hugger warming blanket greatly increased in June, according to a Reuters analysis of data from the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
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