The global healthcare personal protective equipment market size was valued at USD 4.7 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a CAGR of 8.5% over the forecast period. Rising importance of personnel safety at healthcare facilities coupled with the outbreak of COVID-19 across the globe is anticipated to drive the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) market growth.
The rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases globally has resulted in an insufficient supply of healthcare personal protective equipment, especially respirators and masks. In addition, the supply for protective clothing and face and eye protection used by healthcare professionals is likely to be exhausted owing to the increased demand for personal protective equipment.
Presence of stringent government norms in U.S. regarding the safety of doctors, patients, and other workers in hospitals and premises coupled with huge penalties for non-compliance with standards has boosted the adoption of disposable gloves. Furthermore, these protective equipment are used in U.S. healthcare industry to protect their employees against various infections and health hazards.
The supply chain for the personal protective equipment will continue to be stressed as the demand exceeds available supplies on account of the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to boost the supplies for personal protective equipment used by healthcare professionals, manufacturers are launching new production units as the European Union has relaxed the regulatory approvals for personal protective equipment, provided that the safety is not compromised.
Increasing concerns by the governments toward employee health and safety along with rising number of COVID-19 cases majorly in economies of China, Italy, France, Germany, and U.S., on account of the absence of protective kit, is likely to drive the demand for personal protective equipment. Stringent government regulations pertaining to employee safety are forcing employers to comply with the industry standards, thereby increasing the need for protective clothing.
Rapid technological advancements in the field of surgery such as High-Reliability Organizing (HRO), technical advancements, and standardizing procedures are expected to have a positive impact on the hospital sector, thereby impacting the demand for personal protective equipment positively. However, lack of proper disposal methods for healthcare personal protective equipment in various economies is expected to hamper the market growth.
Personal protective equipment used for preventing COVID-19 infection includes medical masks, gloves, face shield or goggles, gowns and aprons (protective clothing), and respirators such as N95 or FFP2 standard or equivalent. The personnel involved in the management and distribution of personal protective equipment, the healthcare sector, public health authorities, and other essential services are required to wear personal protective equipment to avoid infection from COVID-19.
The demand for isolation gowns used by healthcare professionals while treating patients infected with COVID-19 is estimated to witness a CAGR of 7.2% from 2020 to 2027 in the U.S. owing to its fluid-resistant and impermeable properties. However, amidst the shortage, the nonsterile disposable patient isolation gowns are being replaced by reusable gowns made from cotton-polyester or polyester fabrics as well as coveralls providing 360° protection.
Surgical N95 respirators or medical respirators are recommended to be used by the healthcare professionals directly exposed to the COVID-19 virus. However, in case of unavailability of these respirators, alternatives such as surgical masks and other classes of filtered facepiece respirators, including PAPRs, full-facepiece, and elastomeric half-mask air-purifying respirators are to be used.
Disposable gloves accounted for 98.3% of the Italy hand protection market revenue in 2019 owing to its ability to provide protection against the risks associated with on-the-job transmission of germs and bloodborne pathogens. Rising awareness regarding health and safety measures associated with the treatment of patients and emergency response incidents is expected to boost the personal protective equipment demand in the healthcare industry.
Increasing demand for hand protection, especially disposable gloves from nursing homes and hospitals on account of rising awareness regarding the seasonal factors such as viral outbreaks and infectious diseases along with hand hygiene is expected to drive the growth. The penetration of personal protective equipment in hospitals is estimated to witness growth owing to rising prevalence of hospital-acquired infections globally.
Factors such as rapidly growing geriatric population base and rising prevalence of hospital-acquired and other infections are expected to propel personal protective equipment penetration in the hospital sector. Furthermore, introduction of favorable initiatives and reforms promoting the use of personal protective equipment in government hospitals is expected to drive the healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE) market growth during the forecast period.
The primary care facilities or OPD include physicians skilled in continuing patient care and first contact with patients with symptoms and undiagnosed diseases. The demand for personal protective equipment in primary care facilities is estimated to witness a CAGR of 7.1% from 2020 to 2027, in terms of revenue, on account of high number of patients visiting physicians for consultation.
Home healthcare services include professional services provided at the patient’s home, such as private-duty nursing care, aid in daily activities, rehabilitative therapy, and short or long-term illness. Healthcare professionals include aides, therapists, doctors, and nurses. This end-use segment is expected to reach USD 1.9 billion by 2027, owing to increasing number of people adopting private-duty nursing care.
The healthcare industry in U.S. and Europe is expected to grow at a faster rate as compared to the GDP owing to which, the demand for medical products is expected to witness exponential growth over the projected period. Growing health concerns owing to unhealthy lifestyles are expected to drive the demand for healthcare services and thereby for personal protective equipment.
The healthcare market in Northern European economies, such as Germany, U.K., and Sweden, is expected to exhibit an increase in healthcare expenditure, thereby leading to the growth in production as well as consumption of medical devices and products. However, the growth is expected to be stemmed by political unrest in Europe’s transitional economies such as Russia and Ukraine.
The growth of the disposable gloves in Japan is estimated to witness a CAGR of 9.2% from 2020 to 2027 on account of aging population, increasing home care, and rising chronic diseases due to changing lifestyles. Furthermore, the country ranks first with respect to the percentage of the elderly population (aged above 65 years), which is expected to drive the demand for disposable medical products for hygienic cleaning and to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infections.
The fast-paced lifestyle of consumers in South Africa, technological developments in medical and healthcare industries, and high influx of tourists are expected to result in an increased demand for products such as disposable medical gloves, gowns, and masks. South Africa accounted for 22.5% of the Africa market, owing to the high penetration of personal protective equipment in the developed healthcare industry.
The major companies in the market, such as 3M, are focused on increasing the production of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies by working overtime in order to ensure continuous product supply as well as to curb price gouging and counterfeiting during the pandemic. Similarly, DuPont has also increased its capacity to provide protective garments, Tyvek, to personnel impacted by the virus.
Companies engaged in 3D printing are focusing on designing and manufacturing personal protective equipment and other medical equipment using 3D printers for the healthcare facilities. Similarly, various automobile companies, including Tesla Motors, General Motors, and Ford have collaborated with personal protective equipment manufacturers to boost the production of face shields, respirators, and ventilators for healthcare professionals.
Companies such as Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD started producing face masks and hand sanitizers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company has now the capacity to manufacture over 5 million face masks and 0.3 million bottles of sanitizer gels per day. It has become a key supplier in the Chinese healthcare industry as the quality of masks is significant as compared to others according to the Chinese government quality department inspections.
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2020 - 2027
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Protective equipment for healthcare workers is crucial to fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the governments and businesses to act swiftly to boost the production of masks, respirators, and gloves. In order to meet global demand, the WHO estimates that companies must increase their production by 40%. A wide range of PPE manufacturers are operating as close to 100% capacity and prioritizing the orders to the countries with a high demand-supply gap. The updated report will account for COVID-19 as a key market contributor.