Global infection control market is expected to witness lucrative growth opportunities over the forecast period owing to factors such as increasing geriatric population, rising prevalence of chronic diseases and increasing number of surgical infections. Furthermore, key factors driving the market include hospital acquired infections caused due to pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, transmission of pathogens through interactions between two patients, or from a hospital worker to a patient and maintenance of unhygienic conditions in health care centers. Additionally, favorable initiatives from government and non government organizations, and rising demand for minimally invasive surgeries, and increasing number of awareness programs pertaining to the sterilization and disinfection are expected to boost the growth of infection control market over the forecast period. Guidelines specified by respective authorities such as U.S. FDA and the CDC pertaining to the maintenance of cleanliness standards in environment are expected to boost usage rates. In addition, increasing need for effective infection controls driven by rising mortality rate and need for food sterilization is anticipated to propel infection control market growth in coming seven years.
Global infection control market is segmented on the basis of product and end use, which includes products for disinfection and sterilization procedures. Disinfection product segment accounted for the largest share of infection control market in 2014. This product segment consists of disinfectants, disinfectors, medical non woven products, UV disinfectors and endoscopic equipment such as reprocessors. Endoscopic equipment and UV disinfectors are the fastest growing product segments during the forecast period. Growing importance of endoscopic procedures such as diagnostic and therapeutic, followed by increasing demand for minimally invasive surgeries are some of the major factors attributing to market growth. Technological advancements pertaining to replacement of hazardous chlorine based disinfection equipment is an emerging trend gearing up the adoption of UV disinfectors over the coming years. Heat sterilization, filtration, ionization radiation, in house sterilization, gamma sterilization and low temperature sterilization are the key product segments of sterilization technologies for infection control market. Low temperature sterilization equipment is expected to witness lucrative growth over the forecast period in global sterilization technologies market. This growth is mainly attributed to fast sterilization and non toxicity of this method compared to other sterilization methods in the market. On the basis of end use, the market segmentation includes life science centers, hospitals, medical device companies, pharmaceuticals, pathological laboratories and food industries. In 2014, hospitals were one of the fastest growing enduse segments of the infection control market driven by key factor such as increasing prevalence of hospital acquired infections.
Key regional segments included in the scope of study are North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW. North America accounted for the largest infection control market share in 2014, followed by Europe. Major factors contributing to the growth of this region are growing geriatric population, increasing patient and healthcare practitioner awareness levels, increasing incidence of chronic diseases and increasing incidences of hospital acquired infection. Furthermore, unhealthy lifestyle habits and favorable government initiatives are among the significant factors attributing to the growth of infection control market over the coming years. Asia pacific is expected to be the fastest growing regional market over the forecast period primarily due to increasing need of hygienic conditions in healthcare centers, rising prevalence of pathogenic infections and favorable government initiatives to spread the awareness of disinfection and sterilization techniques. Furthermore, increasing demand for sterilization and disinfection methods to maintain hygienic environment is anticipated to boost the infection control market growth over the coming seven years.
Key players operating in infection control market are 3M Company, Advanced Sterilization Products, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Synergy Health, Sterigenics, Getinge Group, Steris, Medivators and Belimed AG. Rapid development of new sterilization and disinfection techniques to reduce hospital acquired infections are the key factors implemented by these major players. Favorable initiatives such as partnerships, collaborations and support of government funds in promotion of various cleanliness activities aiming to maintain hygienic environment conditions are adopted by significant players, which is expected to fuel the infection control market growth in next seven years.
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