GVR Report cover Hospital Gowns Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Hospital Gowns Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Non-surgical, Surgical), By Usability (Disposable, Reusable), By Risk Type (Moderate, High, Low), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Published Date: Dec, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2020
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-640-0
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2019
  • Number of Pages: 76

Report Overview

The global hospital gowns market size was valued at USD 3.11 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.8% from 2021 to 2028. Hospital gowns help protect against nosocomial infections to some extent, owing to which, surgeons consistently recommend patients to wear patient gowns. Growing number of surgical procedures across the globe is also driving the market growth. For instance, According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), in 2014, around 9,942,000 surgeries were performed in the U.S. within ambulatory care settings. In addition, as per Mölnlycke Health Care AB, 70 million surgical procedures are performed every year in Europe. As such, hospital gowns-being an essential product for surgical procedures-are expected to witness growing demand over the forecast period.

The U.S. hospital gowns market size, by type, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

The recent outbreak of Covid-19 is also anticipated to significantly impact market growth. The global pandemic has drastically increased the demand for medicines, emergency supplies, and hospital equipment including gowns, antiseptics, and disinfectant products. Increasing incidence of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs), due to the lack of sanitation and precaution, is one of the leading factors contributing to market growth. For instance, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 25 hospital patients contracts at least one HAI every year.

Hospital gowns provide general protection against contamination and can help lower the risk of contracting HAIs. Furthermore, they can prevent bacterial and other microbial infections from entering a patient’s body. The global increase in incidences of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases, due to the factors, such as antimicrobial resistance, adoption of unhealthy & sedentary lifestyles, alcohol consumption, and smoking, are some of the major factors increasing the hospital admissions, thereby augmenting product demand.

For instance, according to the National Diabetes Statistic Report 2017, published by the CDC, more than 100.0 million people in the U.S. had diabetes or prediabetes conditions. In addition, the WHO reported that in 2016, approximately, 1.6 million deaths were directly caused due to diabetes. All these factors are projected to augment the demand for hospital gowns as they are one of the essential products for hospital admission.

Increasing incidence of accidents, such as road accidents, burns, and trauma events, across the globe, is anticipated to drive the market growth. For instance, as per the 2018 report by WHO, in India, around 1,000,000 people are severely or moderately burnt every year. In addition, as per NCBI, in 2017, countries, such as Bulgaria, Finland, the Netherlands, China, Australia, and the U.K., reported a rise in the incidence of burn wounds. Such instances have considerably increased hospital admissions, thereby propelling the market growth.

Type Insights

The surgical gowns segment led the market and accounted for more than 50% of the global revenue share in 2020. Surgical gowns are designed for surgical procedures to provide protection against various contaminations or infections. In addition, they protect against disease, microbial, and fungal transmissions. They are primarily available as reusable or disposable. Increase in the number of surgical procedures and cases of HAIs is expected to drive the segment over the forecast period. Some of the key market players are undertaking initiatives to redesign and modify patient gowns for better comfort and enhanced safety. Such initiatives are also anticipated to propel segment growth.

The patient gowns segment is anticipated to witness the second-fastest growth rate over the forecast period. Patient gowns are designed for long-term patient admissions in hospitals and clinics. Collaboration and M&A Initiatives by major market players are anticipated to propel product demand over the forecast period. For instance, Medstar collaborated with a New York health wear company, Care+Wear, which enlisted students from Parsons School of Design to design innovative patient gowns. These gowns were tested in hospitals by the company for quality assurance before the official launch. An increase in hospital admissions globally is expected to propel the segment growth, as patient gowns are an essential requirement in most admission cases. As per the National Statistics U.K., 16.5 million Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) were recorded from 2016 to 2017. Such factors are expected to boost segment growth over the forecast period.

Usability Insights

The disposable gowns segment led the market and accounted for more than 65% share of the global revenue in 2020 and will expand further at a steady CAGR from 2021 to 2028. Disposable hospital gowns are intended for one-time use and are considered to be a cost-effective alternative. In terms of safety and quality, disposable gowns are preferred over reusable ones. Furthermore, the extra cost of washing, bleaching, and conditioning can be avoided by using these products. The materials used for making disposable gowns are hypo-allergic & dermatologically tested. All these advantages are expected to help boost the segment growth over the forecast period.

Global hospital gowns market share, by usability, 2020 (%)

The reusable gowns segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. Reusable gowns are made of liquid-resistant polyester or carbon fabric. They are biocompatible, tear-resistant, highly sterilizable, and can help prevent nosocomial infections & entry of contaminated liquids. Increasing cases of HAIs are anticipated to boost the segment growth over the forecast period. As per the WHO estimates, out of every 100 hospitalized patients, 7 in developed and 10 in developing economies will acquire at least one healthcare-associated infection. Such cases are anticipated to fuel segment growth over the forecast period.

Risk Type Insights

The high-risk gowns segment led the market and accounted for more than 29% share of the global revenue in 2020. High-risk hospital gowns can help protect against pathogens and infectious diseases during surgical & fluid-intensive procedures. These gowns provide high tensile strength, tear resistance, and high breathability. Increasing hospital admissions and research activities are anticipated to boost segment growth over the forecast period.

The minimal risk gowns segment is anticipated to witness a significant growth rate over the forecast period. Minimal risk hospital gowns are used in basic care units, standard medical units, standard isolation, and as cover gowns for visitors, as well as for research & academic purposes. Diseases, such as hepatitis B & C, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and HIV are generally acquired through contact with contaminated body fluids. Such diseases are a regular risk for healthcare personnel due to the nature of their work. Minimal risk gowns help reduce the risk of microbial and fungal infections.

Regional Insights

North America led the global market in 2020 and accounted for the largest revenue share of over 29%. The region will retain its dominant position throughout the forecast period on account of the increasing number of surgical procedures. In addition, major market players in the region are undertaking initiatives to increase the use of hospital gowns by offering innovations and modifications. Rising cases of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) are also expected to boost product demand in the region.

Asia Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing regional market from 2021 to 2028 owing to rapid healthcare infrastructure development and rising awareness about patient safety & hygiene standards. In India, most of the hospitals have contracts with third parties to manage linen and laundry requirements. The demand for better linen clothing in hospitals has increased in this region due to increasing awareness about maintaining hygiene and its role in preventing the transmission of various diseases.

The market in Latin America is anticipated to witness moderate growth over the forecast period. Reforms in Latin America’s healthcare system and growing number of countries seeking to implement universal healthcare coverage are the key factors driving the regional market. In addition, increasing prevalence of heart diseases is leading to a rise in hospital admissions. As per the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), in 2015, 6.5 million people in this region suffered from heart failure.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major companies are focusing on R&D to develop technologically advanced products to gain a competitive edge. For instance, in March 2020, U.S.-based Standard Textile increased the production of PPE, such as protective gowns, face masks, and face shields, to provide healthcare workers with additional protection against Covid-19.

Companies are also engaging in partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions to strengthen their product portfolio, manufacturing capacities, and provide competitive differentiation. For instance, in 2018, Aramark acquired AmeriPride Services, Inc. This initiative is expected to strengthen the former company’s business and increase its client base. Some prominent players in the global hospital gowns market include:

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Standard Textile Co., Inc.

  • Angelica Corporation

  • AmeriPride Services, Inc.

  • 3M

  • Cardinal Health

Hospital Gowns Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 3.11 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 8.26 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 12.8% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Type, usability, risk type, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; China; Japan; Brazil; Mexico; South Africa; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Medline Industries, Inc.; Standard Textile Co., Inc.; Angelica; AmeriPride Services, Inc.; 3M; Cardinal Health

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global hospital gowns market report on the basis of type, usability, risk type, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Surgical

    • Non-surgical

    • Patient

  • Usability Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Disposable

      • Low

      • Average

      • Premium

    • Reusable

      • Low

      • Average

      • Premium

  • Risk Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Minimal

    • Low

    • Moderate

    • High

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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