3M™ Bair Hugger™ Therapy:

THE name in patient warming

As patients become more involved in their health care decisions, it’s important that those decisions are made based on accurate, credible information. Recent advertising from law firms and a competitor, Augustine Temperature Management, claim that 3M™ Bair Hugger™ forced-air warming system harms rather than helps patients. These claims ignore the long, well-established history of safe and effective use of the Bair Hugger in millions of procedures.

In fact, in its entire history of warming more than 200 million patients, there has not been a single confirmed case of infection caused by 3M Bair Hugger therapy.

To learn more about forced-air warming’s safety and effectiveness, download our Q&A document which addresses questions surrounding the safe, effective use of this trusted technology. Bair Hugger Patient Q&A

Warming is Important

A Common but Preventable Problem

The risk of hypothermia, defined as a core body temperature of less than 36.0 °C, likely doesn’t come to mind when you are preparing for an operation. However, unintended hypothermia has been called a frequent, preventable complication of surgery.1

Compounding the frequency of unintended hypothermia is its potential effect on patient outcomes. Perioperative hypothermia is associated with an increased rate of negative outcomes – including an increased rate of wound infections2, increased length of hospital stay2 and higher mortality rates.3

The good news is that preventing hypothermia can be simple, safe, and effective. For more than 25 years, forced-air warming has been the most common, preferred method of warming surgical patients in the U.S.

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  1. Kurz, A. Thermal care in the perioperative period. Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology. Vol. 22, No. 1; pp. 39-62. 2008.
  2. Kurz A, Sessler DI, Lenhardt R. Perioperative normothermia to reduce the incidence of surgical-wound infection and shorten hospitalization. Study of Wound Infection and Temperature Group. New England Journal of Medicine. 1996; 334(19); pp. 1209-15.
  3. Tryba M, Leben J, Heuer L. Does active warming of severely injured trauma patients influence perioperative morbidity? Anesthesiology. 1996; 85: A283.