Last October, a three-day hearing was held to discuss the safety of a product used during surgeries. 3M Products is a manufacturing company that makes the Bair Hugger warming blanket, which has caused a number of infections for people who have undergone surgery. The Bair Hugger blanket is a warming blanket meant to keep patients warm during surgery and help with healing.
It’s also supposed to prevent infections. Many people have come forward and said the forced-air device caused an infection during serious surgeries, such as joint-replacement surgeries. The surgical site needs to be sterile and safe so the patient doesn’t receive an infection and get health complications later on. But the Bair Hugger device may not keep the surgical site completely sterile.
Evidence suggests that in some cases, the device carried air with bacteria onto the patients and prevented the air flow that kept the bacteria away from the surgical site. The contaminated air got into the surgical site and caused deep-joint bone infections.
3M insists that their product is safe and continues to keep the blanket on the market. They claim there wasn’t evidence that their blanket led to infections and the plaintiffs’ experts lacked credibility. Judge Erickson ruled against them. She decided that the plaintiffs’ experts that spoke against the Bair Hugger blankets were valid. She also said either side can cross-examine the experts in the case.
People can continue to file claims against 3M. The cases will move forward in 2018, the first one scheduled for February 8.
If you or a loved one has been harmed because of 3M’s Bair Hugger blanket, contact the Omaha Bair Hugger warming blanket lawyers at Welsh & Welsh. We’ll help you file your claim so you can get compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered and the medical expenses you’ve incurred because of an infection you never should have received. Get in touch today to learn more.