Texas patient sues 3M over its surgical blanket

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A 70-year-old Texas man is suing a 3M Co. subsidiary because he says the Bair Hugger blanket-like product used in surgeries led to an infection, the Pioneer Press reports.

Defendants in the civil lawsuit filed by Tommy Walton include Minnesota-based 3M, Arizant Healthcare Inc. – the Eden Prairie-based company that makes the Bair Hugger – and a sales representative for 3M and Arizant who works in Texas.

Walton had a surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used in 2011, and he says that he ultimately needed 15 surgeries, including the removal of an artificial hip.

3M "is very confident about the safety and efficacy of the Bair Hugger," a 3M spokesman said this week, the Pioneer Press reported.

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