The Bair Hugger is a brand of forced air surgical warming blanket. These devices are used during surgery to keep patients at a stable body temperature. These blankets are used for their benefits, which include reduced recovery time and less bleeding. But they can also carry significant risks.
At Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., we are trusted litigators with extensive experience in litigation stemming from defective medical devices. If you or someone you love has been injured by a Bair Hugger or other surgical warming blanket, we will help you protect your rights and pursue the compensation you need to recoup your losses.
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Why Are Forced Air Warming Blankets Dangerous?
Bair Hugger and similar devices work like forced air heaters, circulating warm air through a hose to a blanket that is draped over a patient during surgery. These blankets may seem harmless, but they have caused serious harm to people throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.
The air carried in these blankets sometimes contains contaminants, or redirects airflow so dust, bacteria and other debris are kicked up during surgery. This can lead to serious infections, particularly in patients receiving implanted devices like hip and knee replacements as well as artificial heart valves. These infections can require additional corrective surgery or cause serious complications, including amputation, that could have been avoided.
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At Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C., we have been serving injured people and their families for more than 40 years. To learn more about our commitment to helping victims of dangerous medical devices, please contact us for a free initial consultation. You may reach us at 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania or 866-466-5789 toll free.