3M Recalls Thousands of Bair Hugger Warming Blankets

3M Recalls Thousands of Bair Hugger Warming Blankets

Whilst we don't stock or sell these blankets, we understand that many of our customers and associates may do so. So please be aware of the following:


3M Company has recalled more than 165,000 Bair Hugger surgical warming blankets due to a design problem that could allow patients in surgery to experience dangerous body temperature changes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received at least one report of a patient going into hypothermia during surgery involving the blankets.

Air forced through the inflatable blankets helps maintain normal body temperature. An FDA alert said a design change in certain Bair Hugger blankets made airflow blockage more likely. This could prevent the blankets from fully inflating.

“If blankets are only partially inflated during use in surgery, the potential exists for incomplete warming therapy to be given to a patient,” 3M said in a Field Safety Notice sent to health care providers announcing the recall.

More than four in every five U.S. hospitals use Bair Hugger blankets in an estimated 50,000 surgeries every day.

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