Recent studies have shown that forced air warming blankets, which are used in the majority of U.S. hospitals, can spread bacteria from wounds and cause significant infections. If you or a loved one contracted a severe infection after surgery, and a forced air warming blanket was used, contact one of our experienced Ohio medical malpractice lawyers today.
Inventor of Forced-Air Warming Blankets Urged Hospitals to Stop Using the Device
In an interview with The New York Times, the original inventor urged hospitals to cease using warming blankets after certain surgeries because of the increased risk of infection.
An additional study has reported that the use of these devices can increase risk of infection by almost 4 fold.
Typical infections as the result of using forced-air warming devices include:
- Deep tissue infections
- Blood infections (sepsis)
These devices are used for a number of procedures, including hip replacements, knee replacements and shoulder replacements, and in many cases the patient is not informed of their usage. If you have been harmed due to severe hospital infection after surgery, and you believe it may have been the result of the use of a forced-air warming blanket please contact one of our experienced Cleveland Ohio medical malpractice lawyers by dialing 440-248-8811 or filling out the contact form on this page.