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Bair Hugging Warming Blanket
The Bair Hugging warming blanket is used to keep surgery patients warm before and after surgery. It was developed in 1987 and has since been used in more than 200 million surgeries. It can also be used during some surgeries as well. Developed by Arizant, it is the most used method for surgical warming in the United States. 3M bought Arizant in 2010 and has been involved in Bair Hugging Warming Blanket lawsuits.
What is a Bair Hugging Warming Blanket?
Many patients who undergo surgery may not realize that they have used a Bair Hugging blanket, so it is important to understand what it is and how it works. The blankets use forced air technology, which filters the air and then forces warm air to the patient. It is designed to keep temperatures even and stable before, during, and after surgery. It is also specifically designed to avoid putting heat on areas of the body that are especially prone to burns or pressure sores.
It has a specially designed method to get rid of excess moisture as well. Drain holes allow fluid to move through the blanket and onto a linen cloth underneath. This moisture removal process keeps the skin from softening too much and reduces unintended cooling. The blankets are single use to avoid spreading bacteria and germs from patient to patient.
Potential Problems with the Blanket
Despite the overall success of the warming blankets for decades, lawsuits are emerging that allege that the blankets are causing infections that can have long-term, debilitating effects. While studies have not confirmed that the blankets are the cause of these infections, there does appear to be some connection between use and deep joint infections.
Even the blanket’s inventor, Dr. Scott Augustine, has started speaking out regarding the risks of the product. He specifically states that the blanket causes an infection risk in orthopedic surgeries. However, he is now with a different company and sells a competing blanket called the “HotDog” that is very similar to the Bair Hugging Warming Blanket.
Orthopedic surgeries and surgeries involving implants have a higher risk of contamination regardless of the use of a warming blanket. Using the blanket may only compound those risks, according to some studies.
Right now, it is unclear whether there is a true connection between infection and the blankets, but those who have developed infections after using the Bair Hugging Warming Blanket can face serious health concerns. These may include:
- Implant revision surgery
- Permanent disability
- Further hospitalization
Deep joint infections can cause septic arthritis, which is a destructive form of arthritis. Doctors may need to rebuild portions of the bones or joints after this type of bacterial infection.