Bair Hugger Articles
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).Read [ Bair Hugger Lawsuits Keep Coming, Class Actions in US and Canada ]
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.Read [ Court Spells Out Bair Hugger Bellwether Trial Timelines ]
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.Read [ Bair Hugger Lawsuits Continue to Climb ]
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.Read [ Canadian Study: Surgical Warming Blankets and Link to Infection ]
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.Read [ Almost 700 Bair Hugger Lawsuits Consolidated in MDL ]
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.Read [ Bair Hugger Lawsuits Mounting ]
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.Read [ Bair Hugger Lawsuits Tip of the Iceberg ]
June 21, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
Bristol, VA: Patsy contracted a MRSA infection after knee replacement surgery and has undergone a number of revision surgeries since. She blames the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming blanket for causing the infection.Read [ Knee Replacement Patient with Infection Blames Bair Hugger ]
May 26, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
London, ON: “More than 100,000 knee and hip replacements are performed in Canada each year, and in all likelihood most of those surgeries use a Bair Hugger Warming Blanket,” says Canadian attorney Matthew Baer with McKenzie Lake Lawyers in Ontario.Read [ Bair Hugger Blankets Used in Canadian Hospitals ]
April 22, 2016. By Jane Mundy.
St. Paul, MN: While attorneys predict the number of Bair Hugger lawsuits will rise, 3M says there is no evidence that its warming blanket increases the possibility of infection. But plaintiffs claim the warming blanket blows more than hot air.Read [ Bair Hugger Lawsuits Blowing Hot Air? ]