Kirtland & Packard LLP is pleased to announce that Mr. Behram V. Parekh, Esq., a member of the Firm, has been appointed by Judge Joan N. Ericksen of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the In re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2666.
The Bair Hugger litigation alleges that the Bair Hugger forced air warming device manufactured and sold by 3M for use during surgery, and which is now used in approximately 80 percent of hospitals in the United States, is associated with increased post-surgical infections. At least one study that looked at forced air warming reported that “a significant increase in deep joint infection . . . was identified during the period when forced-air warming was used compared to a period when conductive fabric warming was used.” McGovern et al., Forced-Air Warming And Ultra-Clean Ventilation Do Not Mix, J. Bone Joint Surg. Br. 2011, 93:1537-44. Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of the device (with which he is no longer affiliated), is now one of the loudest voices against using the device, asserting that it “poses a danger to patients” according to a New York Times story from December 24, 2010. The Firm already currently represents hundreds of clients who claim they were injured as a result of the use Bair Hugger forced air warming device during their surgical procedures.
If you want to talk to our firm about a Bair Hugger related case, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation. We are located in the Torrance, California area.