Bair Hugger Warming Blanket
Hip & Knee Surgery Infections
Bair Hugger Therapy has been the focus of lawsuits regarding deep joint infections that developed in patients following hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Bair Hugger Therapy is a body-temperature management system that uses a warming blanket and forced air to prevent and treat hypothermia in the operating room. Hospitals have been using warming blankets for decades to treat patients undergoing orthopedic surgery.
The litigation claims that the use of Bair Hugger devices is linked to severe post-operative infections, particularly in patients who have undergone hip and knee replacements. It is alleged that these devices allow air to accumulate under the surgical drape, which then escapes below the level of the surgical table, and that escaped air creates warm, rising airflow currents that deposit bacteria from the operating room floor back into the surgical site.