Learn the Truth: Bair Hugger Therapy is safe and effective
The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ warming system’s technology has been used in more than 170 studies and more than 60 randomized controlled clinical trials. Its ability to maintain normal body temperature can provide a range of benefits, from lower mortality rates to shorter hospital stays.
Plaintiff lawyers suing 3M and the Bair Hugger warming system cite several studies in their lawsuits. These studies suggest that, in theory, the heat generated by the Bair Hugger system could affect air flow in the operating room.
It’s important to know that the majority of these studies were associated with Scott Augustine and his company, Augustine Biomedical + Design, a competitor in the patient-warming space. Mark Albrecht, one of the researchers on six of the eight studies, worked for Augustine at the time.
Plaintiff lawyers also do not mention some crucial facts: None of the studies directly link surgical site infections to the Bair Hugger system; none of them show that the Bair Hugger system has ever caused a surgical site infection.
A respected independent research group, ECRI, examined the scientific literature and determined that the evidence does not justify discontinuing the use of Bair Hugger warming technology. ECRI also chastised Augustine Temperature Management for mischaracterizing the results of the review. The report is here.
Here are the studies cited by plaintiff lawyers, with the passages they don’t discuss: