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Bear hugs aren’t always so nice

A big, warm hug from a loved one can be the coziest, most comforting thing in the world. That’s the image that the makers of the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket intended to create when they named their product.

Unfortunately for them, they missed the mark. Bair Hugger Warming Blankets might be warm, but they’re anything but cozy. In fact, they’ve been strongly linked to a number of very serious health issues.

Bair Hugger Warming Blankets are the opposite of snuggly. They’re dangerous. If you’ve been injured by a Bair Hugger Warming Blanket, read on to see how can help you.

Forced air warming – or forced air WARNING?

Doctors often recommend warming blankets for patients who have undergone anesthesia during surgery. That’s because a condition called perioperative hypothermia is a fairly common side effect of anesthetic surgery. Patients who suffer from perioperative hypothermia can experience abnormally low body temperature, a situation that can cause blood loss, and can make the body more susceptible to infection.

Warming blankets are just what they sound like: blankets that can elevate patients’ temperatures to prevent the complications of perioperative hypothermia.

But not all warming blankets are created equal.

Bair Hugger Warming Blankets use a process called Forced Air Warming, or FAW. In this process, a warming unit filters the air in the operation room and forces it through a hose to a disposable blanket.

Sounds simple, right? But FAW has been linked to serious, even life-threatening health complications. Why? Because the air in operating rooms is often saturated with bacteria and viruses.

For this reason, the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket has been implicated in numerous cases of serious infection in post-operative patients.

The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket has been linked with two kinds of infections: soft tissue infections and peri-prosthetic joint infections.

Bair Hugger Blankets and Infections

Typically, soft tissue infections can be treated with medication and other non-surgical options, such as drainage.

Peri-prosthetic joint infections are a much more serious matter. The Bear Hugger Warming Blanket can actually direct contaminated operating-room air directly to an area of the body that’s already vulnerable.

People who have had joint-replacement operations are particularly vulnerable to infection because such procedures are delicate and can leave exposed a great deal of internal tissue. The sites at which prosthetics come into contact with tissue are especially vulnerable.

Studies have found that the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket can shunt contaminated air directly into the most vulnerable areas of a patient who has undergone joint replacement surgery. In many cases, peri-prosthetic joint infections have set in.

A peri-prosthetic joint infection is a deep, severe infection that often require additional hospitalization and surgery. In many cases, an implant must be removed and/or replaced. In the worst cases, peri-operative joint infection can necessitate amputations that cause permanent disabilities.

All because of a device that is supposed to “hug” you.

But don’t take our word for it. Ask the inventor of the Bair Hugger blanket.

Dr. Scott Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket, has publicly denounced his creation. In an article in The New York Times,

Dr. Augustine called the Bair Hugger dangerous and old-fashioned. He has even invented a new warming blanket called the HotDog that works much like a standard electric blanket, so it does not shunt contaminated air in the direction of patients’ open wounds.

Dr. Augustine holds nearly 150 other patents, so he knows a thing or two about the relative safety of various medical devices.

But 3M, the company that now makes and sells the Bair Hugger blanket, asserts that its devices are safe.

Maybe that’s because there’s still profit to be made from them.

What can you do if you’ve been “Bair Hugged”?

If you think your post-operative infection was caused by the use of a Bair Hugger Warming Blanket in the operating room, contact your doctor immediately.

Your next step should be to contact We know exactly how to handle Bair Hugger cases, and will work with you every step of the way to see that you receive the financial compensation to which you may be entitled.

Don’t hesitate. Contact today for your free consultation.

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