The global medical device cleaning market size was valued at USD 9.74 billion in 2017. It is projected to witness a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period. Increasing adoption of preventive measures to reduce hospital-acquired infections coupled with introduction of advanced materials & methods for reprocessing of medical equipment is augmenting the market.
Strict regulations for reprocessing reusable medical equipment to reduce incidence of hospital-acquired infections are playing a significant role in propelling the market. This, combined with increasing number of hospitals & clinics, is expected to generate strong demand for medical device reprocessing materials.
Spiraling demand for advanced materials for effective cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing is encouraging entry of new market players. As a result, increase in the number of companies that offer contract cleaning services for medical equipment is also likely to work in favor of the market.
Rising occurrence of acute diseases along with the growth in demand for surgical procedures is escalating the use of medical devices and thus, the need to reprocess them. Apart from this, rising investments by governments in improving healthcare infrastructure, coupled with increasing expenditure on healthcare by patients, are poised to work in favor of the market.
Out of three steps required for reprocessing of medical devices, disinfection commanded the leading share in the market in 2017. Disinfection can be performed by semiskilled professionals and quality of the same can be easily checked through various tests that are mandatory to ensure safety of medical devices. Availability of several types of disinfectants specific to different medical devices is contributing to the growth of the segment.
Prior to disinfection, washing of medical devices is an important step to remove organic or inorganic bioburden. Several players in the medical device cleaning market are introducing a combination of products that serve the purpose of cleaning as well as disinfection. Such products are known as “washer disinfectors” and are usually enzymatic products. Revenue generated by the sales of these products is considered under the disinfection segment.
Introduction of novel disinfecting agents, products, and devices to overcome the problem of resistant microorganisms is benefiting the growth of the disinfection segment. With frequent introduction of novel products, the segment is likely to exhibit lucrative growth during the forecast period.
Adoption of sterilization procedures for medical equipment within hospital settings has grown significantly with the presence of sterile processing departments in hospitals, which are dedicated to disinfection and sterilization procedures. Soaring need for effective and affordable sterilization techniques is poised to help the segment gain traction during the forecast period.
The semi-critical devices segment was the leading revenue contributor in the market in terms of device type in 2017. Quantity and frequency of usage of materials and equipment for reprocessing of semi-critical devices are high as compared to other types. Unlike critical devices, usage of semi-critical devices is significantly higher, as they do not need to be sterilized between patients.
Non-critical devices are required to be reprocessed by washing with water and other materials, including but not limited to detergents, chelators, buffers, enzymes, and other surfactants. This segment is estimated to register moderate growth during the forecast period.
Critical devices, which come in contact with intact tissues, are expected to be given special treatment to ensure complete removal of living microorganisms. They undergo cleaning and disinfection before sterilization. A large number of critical devices are designed for single-use, and this is anticipated to restrict the growth of the segment.
North America dominated the market in 2017. The presence of well-established healthcare infrastructure, strict regulations for infection control at healthcare facilities, and high adoption of advanced infection prevention solutions are among the primary factors contributing to the dominance of the region.
Europe followed North America in 2017 in terms of revenue. The region witnessed lucrative growth in demand for sterilization equipment in hospitals. The presence of major market players in Germany is one of the key factors driving the regional market.
Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as fastest growing region during the forecast period. Rapid economic growth, coupled with rising disposable income and increasing demand for world-class healthcare facilities, is playing an important role in boosting the demand for advanced infection prevention methods in healthcare facilities of Asia Pacific. Booming medical tourism and thereby, increasing number of healthcare facilities are providing a significant push to the market in the region.
The market is highly fragmented in nature. Domestic players hold a significant share in the arena. Several players operate on a contractual basis to expand their revenue share. Few of the prominent market players are STERIS plc.; Getinge AB; Advanced Sterilization Products Division Ethicon US, LLC.; Ruhof Corporation; Biotrol; Metrex Research, LLC.; Oro Clean Chemie AG; MEDIVATORS, Inc.; and Tristel Solutions Ltd.
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2014 - 2016
2018 - 2025
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North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa.
U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Austria, Norway, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, China, India, Japan, Bangladesh, South , Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, & country levels as well as provides an analysis on the latest trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global medical device cleaning market report on the basis of device type, technique, and region:
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Others (Lumen cleaning wires)
Chlorine and Chlorine Compounds
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Hospital equipment and instruments such as the stethoscope, imaging machines, ventilators, nebulizers, endoscopes, infusion equipment, pulse oximeters, and other devices are among the most exposed devices to an infected patient. Sterilization and disinfection are critical to ensure that these devices are properly processed for reuse. Numerous equipment sterilization techniques are available, however, chemical sterilization of non-electric devices and equipment surfaces remain among the most assured method for effective decontamination. Market players for medical device sterilization and reprocessing are organized with few large players providing these services to medical institutions, especially in western economies. We are working to account for this surge in our estimates. The updated report will account for Covid-19 as a key market contributor.