Medical studies have confirmed that forced-air warming systems like the Bair Hugger increase the risk of serious infections during surgery, including articles published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Journal of Anesthesia and Surgery, Annals of Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Hospital Infection, and the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. For example, a study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery reported a near four-fold increase in infections when devices like the Bair Hugger are used in operating rooms.
Use of the Bair Hugger surgical blanket circulates bacteria-ridden particles from the ground over the surgical site, according to a peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Said Elghobashi, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Elghobashi and his team performed a computational fluid dynamics study to determine the effect of the Bair Hugger in a standard operating room. The study was performed on the Stampede Supercomputer in Austin, Texas, and took more than 2 million computing hours. The results demonstrate that when turned on, heat from the Bair Hugger carries bacteria ridden particles from the ground over the surgical site. The peer reviewed published paper as well as videos demonstrating the effect of the Bair Hugger when it is off verses when it is turned on can be viewed here.
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“This video was created, produced and incorporated as a part of the peer-reviewed paper McGovern and others published with JBJS (UK) in 2011”
Infections that occur during surgery can cause serious medical complications, including septic arthritis. In some cases, a patient may need surgery to remove the implant and the infection. In rare cases, the infection can result in amputation.
If you have experienced medical complications after a surgical procedure in which a Bair Hugger blanket was used, you may be entitled to compensation.
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