Global Patient Handling Equipment Market - 2021-2028
The global patient handling equipment market size was valued at US$ XX million in 2020 and is estimated to reach US$ XX million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of XX % during the forecast period (2021-2028).
Patient handling equipment is primarily used in healthcare facilities to move conveniently, support, or transfer a body part or person.
The global patient handling equipment market is expected to grow with the increasing technological advancements and increasing incidence of the geriatric population.
The increasing technological advancements are expected to drive the market growth
By incorporating patient handling technology, an increasing number of healthcare facilities worldwide have reported positive results. Injuries among patients and nursing staff have decreased dramatically since patient handling equipment and an institutional commitment that patient handling is the safest with these tools. A successful, safe patient handling equipment means easy access for workers and safe patient handling when needed. The healthcare industry is aware of the high risk of injury associated with manually lifting and transferring physically dependent patients. Many patient-handling tasks involve a vertical or horizontal transfer as the primary component. Transfers from bed to chair, a bed to a commode, and chair to commode are vertical patient handling activities. Bed-to-stretcher transfers and repositioning tasks are examples of horizontal or lateral patient handling activities. Technological solutions are required to address the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in nursing related to patient handling and movement tasks.
For instance, on 8th June 2018, Drive DeVilbiss added two new height-adjustable beds to its product line: the 'Competitor II Manual' and the 'Competitor II Hi/Lo.' The Competitor II manual beds have a pendant lockout feature that prevents the foot or head deck's accidental actuation when the bed is locked. The manual hi/lo bed, on the other hand, has a positive fit hexagonal crank connection for easy lowering and raising.
On March 4th, 2020, Invacare Corporation launched 'AVIVA FX Power Wheelchair,' the next generation of power mobility products from Invacare. According to the company, the AVIVA brand has a distinct identity that communicates a promise of Technology, Design, and Performance. This product launch aided its efforts to strengthen its powered mobility product segment.
Lack of training is expected to hamper the market growth in the forecast period
Effective training programs must be implemented to raise awareness about safe patient handling and enable caregivers to operate transfer devices efficiently. Lifting patients with special conditions, such as pressure sores or burns and bariatric patients, requires extensive training. Due to cost-cutting initiatives being implemented in hospitals across several developing and developed countries, caregivers are only receiving a limited number of training sessions (effective patient handling). This is due to the high initial cost of equipment and maintenance, including training costs, and most healthcare institutions cannot afford the required patient handling equipment.
Hence, the lack of training and the high cost of the equipment is expected to hamper the market growth.
The COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the global patient handling equipment market. This is primarily due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and the demand for patient handling equipment. However, various efforts are being made by government agencies and key industry players to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, in July 2020, India's Defense Institute of Advanced Technology developed the 'Aashray' medical bed isolation system to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the global market is expected to grow dramatically following the pandemic crisis, owing primarily to increased physical disabilities, technological advancements, and the rising prevalence of the geriatric population. Furthermore, there will be an increasing demand for private nursing care in the future. According to the CDC, approximately 69.8 per 100,000 people aged 65 and up were hospitalized in January 2021. As a result of such a high hospitalization rate, the demand for medical beds in hospitals has increased, as many hospitals and healthcare centers were out of beds for COVID-19 treatment. These requirements have increased the demand for patient handling equipment to improve safety and lower the risk of injury while treating patients.
The patient transfer devices segment is expected to drive the market growth in the forecast period
The new technological advancements are expected to drive the market growth of this segment. For instance, patient transfer lift technology can significantly reduce the physical difficulty and caregiver requirements for performing safe and effective transfers at home. When the appropriate transfer device is selected for an individual, patient transfer technology such as power hoyer lifts, power sit to stand lifts, non-power sit to stand lifts, and overhead ceiling lifts can greatly improve the safety and ease of many transfers. Using an appropriate transfer device can often help the individual stay at home while protecting the caregiver's safety.
Moreover, patient lifts transport patients from one location to another (e.g., from bed to bath, chair to the stretcher). These are not the same as stairway chair lifts or elevators. Patient lifts can be operated manually or with a power source. These medical devices offer numerous advantages when used properly, including a lower risk of injury to patients and caregivers.
Hence, with the increasing benefits of patient transfer devices, the global patient handling equipment market is expected to boost in the forecast period.
North America region is expected to hold the largest market share in the global patient handling equipment market
The increasing number of geriatric populations in this region is expected to rise the demand for patient handling equipment. For instance, In the United States, there are more than 46 million older adults aged 65 and older; by 2050, that figure is expected to rise to nearly 90 million. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 54 million adults aged 65 and older live in the United States, accounting for approximately 16.5 percent of the population.
The presence of major key players in this region is also expected to drive market growth. For instance, on 18th February 2019, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., a medical technology company based in the United States, launched the HR900 Accella bed and therapy mattress to help drive patient safety, improve patient outcomes, and support overworked NHS nurses by simplifying day-to-day tasks such as patient weighing and early mobilization.
The global patient handling equipment market is highly competitive with mergers, acquisitions, and product launches. Some of the key players are Arjo, Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., Invacare Corporation, Stryker, Drive divibliss healthcare, Inc., ETAC AB, GF Health Products, Inc., Guldmann, Inc., Handicare group AB, Joerns Healthcare LLC
Overview: Stryker is one of the leading medical technology companies. They provide cutting-edge products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine to help improve patient and hospital outcomes. The company's ten operating divisions are Stryker Endoscopy, Stryker Instruments, Stryker Medical, Physiotherapy Associates, Stryker Pacific, Stryker Europe, Matsumoto Medical Instruments, Stryker Americas, and Stryker Biotech. Each division operates independently and produces its line of health-related products or services. The company was founded in 1941.
Product Portfolio: The company's ProCuity's Secure Connect wireless solution is the only bed on the market that can connect to nurse call systems without cables. Furthermore, with iBed Wireless, all bed data, including bed configuration and exit alarm activity, is wirelessly compatible with hospital information systems (HIS) facilities. It can also integrate with Stryker's optional patient-centric clinical dashboard, iBed Vision, to provide caregivers with increased visibility into safe bed configuration and bed exit alarm activity.
Key Developments: On October 19th, 2020, Stryker launched the ProCuity Bed Series, the industry's first completely wireless bed that reduces patient falls at all acuity levels while seamlessly connecting to nurse systems.
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