Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Hand Protection, Respiratory Protection), By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Nov, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-423-9
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 212

Report Overview

The global healthcare personal protective equipment market size was valued at USD 8.27 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.3% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing awareness pertaining to healthcare-associated infections, coupled with the rising prevalence of COVID-19 worldwide, is expected to drive the demand for healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE). Healthcare professionals and front-line healthcare workers have a high probability of acquiring an infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Various exposures causing the spread of the infection include direct contact with the infected patients or their bodily secretions and the involvement in intubations or other patient-care activities. Thus, the demand for personal protective equipment among healthcare workers has drastically increased to protect themselves from the infection.

U.S. healthcare personal protective equipment market size, by product, 2016 - 2027 (USD Billion)

The U.S. dominated the North American market in 2019. The presence of stringent regulations in the country regarding the safety of healthcare workers is expected to drive the demand for healthcare PPE over the forecast period. Moreover, the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country has escalated the demand for PPE in the healthcare industry.

Factors such as expanding public healthcare systems, increasing economic power, and population growth are expected to increase healthcare spending globally. Moreover, the aging population, coupled with a rising number of people with chronic and long-term conditions, and rising investments in medical technology and healthcare infrastructure, is likely to boost the healthcare expenditure across the globe, thereby positively impacting the healthcare PPE market growth.

The novel coronavirus outbreak across the globe has significantly increased the demand for healthcare PPE, such as respirators, masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields, which has resulted in its insufficient supply. Moreover, the growing demand, coupled with stockpiling, panic buying, misuse, and hoarding of PPE, is likely to result in PPE shortages, thereby disrupting the supply chain and putting lives at risk.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the existing healthcare PPE manufacturers are engaged in ramping up their production, forming partnerships with governments or other manufacturers, and retooling existing production lines. In addition, apart from traditional PPE manufacturers, new companies are providing PPE to healthcare professionals by collaborating with existing manufacturers, thereby ensuring a sufficient supply of protective equipment in the market.

Product Insights

The hand protection product segment led the market and accounted for 62.5% share of the global revenue in 2019. Both disposable and durable gloves are used in the healthcare industry. However, durable gloves are used to a lesser extent than disposable gloves to avoid the risk associated with contamination and transmission of body fluids. Disposable gloves are widely used in the healthcare industry as they are intended for single-use, which further lowers the risk of contamination.

Safety glasses and goggles are some of the eye protection equipment used across the healthcare industry. They protect the wearer from the risk of infection from ocular exposure. Infections can be introduced in the body through the mucous membrane of the eye. Infectious agents can either be introduced directly in the eye in the form of respiratory droplets and blood splashes or indirectly from touching the eyes with contaminated fingers.

The respiratory protection product segment is estimated to expand at the fastest CAGR of 49.8% from 2020 to 2027. Respiratory protective equipment such as respirator masks and surgical masks (often referred to as face masks) are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and the liquid that contaminates the face.

Protective clothing is used by healthcare workers, such as surgeons, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, to protect themselves and patients from transferring microorganisms by blood and other bodily fluids. Coveralls and gowns are the most widely used protective clothing by healthcare workers during patient care.

End-use Insights

The hospital end-use segment led the market and accounted for 55.7% share of the global revenue in 2019. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases has increased the number of re-admissions and hospital visits, thereby positively impacting the PPE demand in hospitals. Moreover, the growing geriatric population, most notably in developed countries, coupled with the rising prevalence of hospital-acquired infections, is likely to augment the demand for PPE in hospitals.

Home healthcare services refer to professional services, such as private-duty nursing care, aid in daily activities, and rehabilitative therapy, provided at the patient’s home by healthcare professionals. Various factors including an increasing preference for home healthcare services, coupled with the growing elderly population, are anticipated to have a positive impact on the demand for healthcare PPE in the home healthcare end-use segment.

Global healthcare personal protective equipment market share, by end-use, 2019 (%)

The outpatient/primary care facilities segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 19.7% from 2020 to 2027. Primary care physicians deliver primary care services to a defined population of patients and act as the first contact with patients having undiagnosed symptoms and health conditions. Thus, PPE such as gloves and masks play a key role while dealing with patients having undiagnosed diseases to avoid cross-transmission and contamination.

The others end-use segment of the market includes emergency care, dental offices, mental institutes, community health workers, and biomedical technicians. Dental problems such as tooth loss and decay are highly common among the older population. The expanding aging population is anticipated to boost the number of dental visits, thereby having a positive impact on market growth over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Europe led the market and accounted for 35.8% share of the global revenue in 2019. Among the EU member states, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, and Luxemburg each reported that over 1% of their total inhabitants were nursing professionals, as of 2018, according to Eurostat statistics. The rising number of qualified nurses and midwives, associate nurses, and other care professionals is responsible for the increased demand for PPE in Europe.

North America is one of the most severely affected regions by COVID-19 in the world. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region is, in turn, anticipated to drive the demand for PPE over the forecast period. In addition, post the COVID-19 pandemic, government authorities are anticipated to significantly invest in healthcare infrastructure, which is expected to have a positive impact on market growth over the coming years.

Asia Pacific is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 23.1% from 2020 to 2027. The healthcare industry in Asia Pacific is likely to witness steady growth over the forecast period. Major factors contributing to the growth include growing healthcare infrastructure, coupled with an increasing number of people opting for home care facilities, and growing medical tourism in the region.

In Asia Pacific, India is one of the majorly affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of cases is increasing daily, which has further increased the demand for PPE from frontline healthcare workers who are actively combating the pandemic situation. Government agencies such as the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) have collaborated with local manufacturers to produce N99 masks for healthcare workers.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The industry players focus on new product development, integration across the value chain, and mergers & acquisitions to gain a competitive edge in the market. Strategies adopted by the companies usually include product development, mergers & acquisitions, product portfolio expansion, partnerships, and distribution network expansion.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected several economies worldwide owing to which the demand for PPE has increased significantly. Thus, to cater to this increased demand for PPE, manufacturers have ramped up their production capacities. Manufacturers are also collaborating with industry partners and government authorities for the supply of critical PPE required during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some prominent players in the global healthcare personal protective equipment market include:

  • 3M

  • Honeywell International, Inc.

  • DuPont

  • Cardinal Health

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • O&M Halyard

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 22.71 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 38.71 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 21.3% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East; Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; Italy; Russia; Spain; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Indonesia; Australia; Thailand; Malaysia; Brazil; Argentina; UAE; Saudi Arabia; South Africa

Key companies profiled

3M; Honeywell International, Inc.; Alpha Pro Tech; Ansell Ltd.; Medisca Inc.; O&M Halyard; DuPont; Cardinal Health; Medline Industries, Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Med-Con; PRI·MED Medical Products, Inc.; Crosstex International, Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global healthcare personal protective equipment market report on the basis of product, end-use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Protective Clothing

      • Coveralls

      • Gowns

        • Disposable Gowns

        • Durable Gowns

      • Others

    • Respiratory Protection

      • Surgical Masks

      • Respirator Masks

      • Others

    • Face Protection

    • Eye Protection

    • Hand protection

      • Disposable Gloves

      • Durable Gloves

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Hospitals

    • Home Healthcare

    • Outpatient/Primary Care Facilities

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • France

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • Russia

      • Spain

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Indonesia

      • Australia

      • Thailand

      • Malaysia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East

      • Saudi Arabia

      • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

    • Africa

      • South Africa

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