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Backbreaker - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - April 2019

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4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 9 S cott Augustine, MD, begins an hourlong pitch about the dangers of the Bair Hugger forced-air patient warming system he invented — and is now campaigning against because, he asserts, it can cause infections in joint implant patients — with a simple scientific statement. "Heat always rises," says Dr. Augustine, an anesthesiologist and CEO of Augustine Surgical in Eden Prairie, Minn. "It has to. It's physics." For 30 years, Dr. Augustine has been at the frontier of patient warming, and he's spent much of the last decade warning about the dangers of the Bair Hugger. He claims the forced-air warming blanket system, which 3M Matthew Nojiri | Senior Associate Editor Heated Debate Scott Augustine, MD, the inventor of the Bair Hugger patient warming device, claims it causes SSIs. The manufacturer, and the courts, so far have disagreed. • SELF CRITICISM Scott Augustine, MD, seen here with his HotDog Patient Warming System, claims the forced-air Bair Hugger device he created 30 years ago causes SSIs. Augustine Surgical

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