Latest Updates about 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Therapy


October 27, 2017

Second Bellwether Case is Dismissed; Third is Removed from Bellwether Lineup

Three bellwether cases remain; trial slated for early 2018 Another bellwether case in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system litigation has been dismissed and a third case has been deselected as a bellwether, leaving just three of the original six cases in the bellwether pool. The Kamke dismissal marks the second bellwether case to be dismissed. The litigation involving the Bair Hugger warming system is consolidated in […]
October 27, 2017

False information behind Augustine study cited by plaintiffs in lawsuits

In a recent self-published study, 3M competitor Scott Augustine used data from a New York hospital to claim that the use of his conductive warming device resulted in fewer infections during joint surgeries than the use of the market-leading 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system. But there is a critical flaw in Augustine’s study: the New York hospital has testified that it never used the Bair Hugger […]
August 31, 2017

FDA: Keep using patient warming devices, including forced-air technology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a letter reminding healthcare providers that it continues to recommend patients be warmed during surgery when clinically warranted. The FDA specifically mentioned that its recommendation includes the continued use of forced-air warming devices. The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system is the world’s leading forced-air warming product. The FDA said it recently became aware that some providers and patients […]
August 30, 2017

More than 100 lawsuits dismissed to date

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have spent millions of dollars soliticing patients who contracted infections during or after surgery, telling them that scientific evidence may suggest that their infections are related to patient warming. In a sign of a rush to file lawsuits, more than 100 cases against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system already have been dismissed, with more expected in the coming months. 3M is vigorously challenging […]
August 22, 2017

Federal, state courts side with 3M on key damages motion

Courts deny plaintiffs’ request to add punitive damages; raise questions about science underpinning lawsuits A federal court, as well as a Minnesota state court, have denied motions by plaintiffs’ attorneys to add claims for punitive damages to the bellwether trial pool cases and 56 cases pending in a Minnesota state court, a significant victory for 3M in its defense of the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system. […]
August 1, 2017

Bellwether case dismissed with prejudice

Plaintiffs drop case one month after court announced trial sequence One of the six lawsuits selected to be bellwether cases in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system litigation already has been dismissed. Attorneys for Jeffrey Knuteson asked the court to dismiss their case against 3M this month. Knuteson’s attorneys agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled. The dismissal came just one […]
July 20, 2017

Ridgeview Medical Center: a case study in Augustine mistruths about forced-air warming

The story of Ridgeview Medical Center is a classic example of the misrepresentations that form the foundation for the lawsuits against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system. 3M competitor Scott Augustine – the architect of the lawsuits against the Bair Hugger system – claims that Ridgeview reduced its infection rates in knee surgeries by 81% after it switched from the Bair Hugger system to his HotDog™ blanket. […]
June 7, 2017

Newly published papers find no evidence that 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system causes infections

Four new medical papers published this year debunk claims that forced-air warming systems cause surgical site infections. The papers – all published in respected medical journals – reinforce the long-held contention by medical experts that the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ patient warming system does not lead to an increase in surgical site infections. The Bair Hugger system has been used more than 200 million times in the […]
October 27, 2017

Second Bellwether Case is Dismissed; Third is Removed from Bellwether Lineup

Three bellwether cases remain; trial slated for early 2018 Another bellwether case in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system litigation has been dismissed and a third case has been deselected as a bellwether, leaving just three of the original six cases in the bellwether pool. The Kamke dismissal marks the second bellwether case to be dismissed. The litigation involving the Bair Hugger warming system is consolidated in […]
October 27, 2017

False information behind Augustine study cited by plaintiffs in lawsuits

In a recent self-published study, 3M competitor Scott Augustine used data from a New York hospital to claim that the use of his conductive warming device resulted in fewer infections during joint surgeries than the use of the market-leading 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system. But there is a critical flaw in Augustine’s study: the New York hospital has testified that it never used the Bair Hugger […]
August 31, 2017

FDA: Keep using patient warming devices, including forced-air technology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a letter reminding healthcare providers that it continues to recommend patients be warmed during surgery when clinically warranted. The FDA specifically mentioned that its recommendation includes the continued use of forced-air warming devices. The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system is the world’s leading forced-air warming product. The FDA said it recently became aware that some providers and patients […]
August 30, 2017

More than 100 lawsuits dismissed to date

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have spent millions of dollars soliticing patients who contracted infections during or after surgery, telling them that scientific evidence may suggest that their infections are related to patient warming. In a sign of a rush to file lawsuits, more than 100 cases against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system already have been dismissed, with more expected in the coming months. 3M is vigorously challenging […]
August 22, 2017

Federal, state courts side with 3M on key damages motion

Courts deny plaintiffs’ request to add punitive damages; raise questions about science underpinning lawsuits A federal court, as well as a Minnesota state court, have denied motions by plaintiffs’ attorneys to add claims for punitive damages to the bellwether trial pool cases and 56 cases pending in a Minnesota state court, a significant victory for 3M in its defense of the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system. […]
August 1, 2017

Bellwether case dismissed with prejudice

Plaintiffs drop case one month after court announced trial sequence One of the six lawsuits selected to be bellwether cases in the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system litigation already has been dismissed. Attorneys for Jeffrey Knuteson asked the court to dismiss their case against 3M this month. Knuteson’s attorneys agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled. The dismissal came just one […]
July 20, 2017

Ridgeview Medical Center: a case study in Augustine mistruths about forced-air warming

The story of Ridgeview Medical Center is a classic example of the misrepresentations that form the foundation for the lawsuits against the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system. 3M competitor Scott Augustine – the architect of the lawsuits against the Bair Hugger system – claims that Ridgeview reduced its infection rates in knee surgeries by 81% after it switched from the Bair Hugger system to his HotDog™ blanket. […]
June 7, 2017

Newly published papers find no evidence that 3M™ Bair Hugger™ system causes infections

Four new medical papers published this year debunk claims that forced-air warming systems cause surgical site infections. The papers – all published in respected medical journals – reinforce the long-held contention by medical experts that the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ patient warming system does not lead to an increase in surgical site infections. The Bair Hugger system has been used more than 200 million times in the […]