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During a surgery, patients’ bodies can experience wild changes in body temperature, which if unchecked can lead to hypothermia and other dangerous conditions. To mitigate those risks, surgeons use various warming systems to keep patients’ core temperatures steady.

The 3M Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming system designed to prevent hypothermia, as well as keep patients’ core body temperatures normal during all phases of orthopedic surgery. If you’ve had major surgery, chances are you’ve used a Bair Hugger—since 1987, hospitals have used the devices on more than 200 million patients, and more than 50,000 units are still installed in hospitals today.

However, the risks associated with Bair Hugger use have led to one recall, over 4,000 lawsuits, and calls for another recall. These product liability lawsuits claim that the devices led to serious, deep-tissue infections in patients, leading to additional surgeries and even amputations. These trials claim that the hot air in the Bair Hugger could be contaminated, leading to infection in the patients as a result of its use.

If you’ve had a knee replacement or hip replacement and experienced a deep-tissue infection afterward, you could be entitled to financial compensation through a personal injury or mass tort lawsuit. Call Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys for a free legal consultation as to your rights.