Deep joint infections after a knee replacement can result in devastating amputations and multiple revision surgeries. Over 500 lawsuits have been filed by people who blame their infections on the 3M Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket.
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What is the problem?
In 2010, the inventor of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, Dr. Scott Augustine, told the New York Times that surgeons should stop using it because it can The Bair Hugger works by forcing hot air into a disposable blanket that is draped over a patient during long surgeries. Dr. Augustine says the problem is that hot “waste” air rises against the downward flow of sterile air in the operating room, creating convection currents of non-sterile air.
Knee Replacement Infections
Knee replacements are the most common elective surgery. Normally, only a small percentage of patients (about 1%) develop an infection after the operation. The infection can occur immediately after the surgery or years later. Symptoms of an infection include:
- Fever over 100ºF (37.8ºC)
- Shaking chills, night sweats
- Drainage from the surgical site
- Increasing redness, tenderness, swelling, and pain in the knee
Complications of a Knee Replacement Infections
- Hospitalization: Deep joint infections are extremely serious because they can spread to the bloodstream and causes sepsis. Therefore, patients often must be hospitalized to receive intravenous (IV) antibiotics, painkillers, and close medical supervision.
- Surgery: If caught early, infections can sometimes be cured with surgery to wash out the joint, remove infected tissues, and replace plastic liners or spacers. The longer the infection has been present, the harder it is to control.
- Amputation: The leg may need to be amputated if the infection cannot be controlled.
- Revision knee replacement: After the infection is under control, another surgery will be needed to remove the antibiotic spacer, wash out the joint, and re-implant another artificial knee.
- Prolonged recovery: It can take months or even years to fully recover from a severe knee replacement infection. During this time, patients may experience significant financial losses, medical expenses, lost income, physical disability, pain and suffering, and more.
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