GVR Report cover North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

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

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-756-8
  • Number of Report Pages: 100
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2018
  • Forecast Period: 2020 - 2027 
  • Industry: Advanced Materials

Report Overview

The North America healthcare personal protective equipment market size to be valued at USD 2.54 billion by 2027 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3% during the forecast period. The rising healthcare expenditure, coupled with growing awareness about healthcare-associated and other infections, is expected to drive the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) over the forecast period. In addition, factors such as the growing health concerns caused by unhealthy lifestyles and the increasing geriatric population are expected to boost the regional demand for healthcare services, which, in turn, is expected to positively influence the market growth. Moreover, the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is further expected to propel the demand for healthcare PPE.

North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market size, by product

U.S. accounted for the largest share in the North America healthcare PPE market in 2019 on account of developed infrastructure coupled with high expenditure in the sector. The hand protection product segment accounted for the largest revenue share in the country on account of the widespread use of disposable gloves.

In addition, stringent government norms in the U.S. about the safety of patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals in hospitals and premises coupled with penalties for non-compliance with the standards have augmented the adoption of disposable gloves. Moreover, these protective equipment are widely used across the healthcare industry to protect health care workers from infections and health hazards.

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in North America has further increased the demand for personal protective equipment, especially in the healthcare sector, which has resulted in an inadequate PPE supply. Thus, to tackle the situation, several manufacturers have ramped up their production capacities as well as are also expanding their manufacturing facilities to cater to the rising demand.

Furthermore, to tackle the personal protective equipment shortage, automobile, apparel, and other companies are also producing personal protective equipment such as face masks and face shields for frontline health care workers. Moreover, U.S. has enacted special laws such as the Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase the production of personal protective equipment and restrict the export of scarce medical resources for domestic use during the COVID-19 crises.

North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Trends

The personal protective equipment (PPE) industry is under expanding mode due to the advances in industrial sphere. The rise in public awareness for personal safety is expected to positively impact the market expansion. Shield glasses, goggles, and helmets are the examples of PPE that are designed to protect the wearer from injury or illness. Transportation, industry, and construction are all contributing to the expansion. The widespread adoption of safety laws and policies in the factories and other workplaces across the globe is expected to impel organic growth in the projected period.

Increase in automation in end-use sectors and the high expenses of customized clothes are the major issues that restrain the market growth. Several manufacturing industries are incorporating automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) into their facilities to enhance productivity while lowering overall costs. This is emerging as a significant barrier to the market expansion.

Respiratory protection products have acquired a lot of popularity thereby giving a thrust to the sector. This is attributable to large part to the increased burden of diseases across the population. During the COVID-19, countries witnessed a tremendous pressure with high caseloads to use adequate PPE kits. This has contributed to the expansion of the personal protective equipment market thus opening up numerous opportunities for manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers.

Product Insights

The hand protection led the North America healthcare personal protective equipment market and accounted for 72.9% revenue share in 2019. Disposable gloves help protect doctors and patients from cross-contamination and transmission of pathogens during medical examinations and surgeries. In contrast, durable gloves are majorly used by janitorial staff working across various healthcare settings.

The respiratory protection segment is likely to register a CAGR of 8.1% over the forecast period. Respiratory protective equipment such as surgical masks and respirator masks are used across the healthcare industry to protect the wearer from airborne particulate matter and the liquid that contaminates the face. The rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the region has increased demand for respiratory protective equipment, thereby benefitting the market growth.

Protective clothing such as coveralls, gowns, sleeves, drapes, and aprons are used by healthcare workers, including surgeons, doctors, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, to protect themselves as well as patients from the transfer of microorganisms by body fluids such as blood. The demand for protective clothing has skyrocketed in North America owing to the rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic, thereby positively impacting the overall market growth.

Face shields provide barrier protection to the face and other associated mucous membranes from body fluids and bloodborne pathogens during various surgical and medical procedures. They are mainly used by healthcare workers, pre-hospital emergency medical providers, and dental providers and are often used in conjunction with other personal protective equipment such as surgical masks and goggles.

End-use Insights

Hospitals led the market and accounted for 54.4% revenue share in 2019. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases has increased the number of hospital visits and re-admissions. In addition, the rapidly growing geriatric population coupled with the rising awareness about hospital-acquired and other infections is expected to spur the demand for personal protective equipment.

The home healthcare segment is likely to progress at a CAGR of 8.4% over the forecast period. Factors including an increasing number of people adopting home healthcare services and a growing elderly population are anticipated to have a positive impact on the product demand from the home healthcare end-use segment.

North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market share, by end use

Primary care physicians deliver primary care services to a defined population of patients. These physicians act as the first contact with patients having undiagnosed symptoms, signs, or health concerns. Thus, personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, play a key role while dealing with patients having undiagnosed diseases to avoid cross-contamination.

The other end-use segment primarily includes dental offices, emergency care, mental institutes, biomedical technicians, and community health workers. Dentists often use gloves and masks as they are exposed to infectious materials such as blood and saliva during dental procedures. An expanding aging population is anticipated to boost the number of dental visits, thereby benefitting the market growth over the forecast period.

Country Insights

The U.S. dominated the market for healthcare personal protective equipment and accounted for 80.4% revenue share in 2019. The presence of a large base of the geriatric population in the country, sophisticated healthcare infrastructure, and relatively higher disposable income levels of patients are some vital drivers of the healthcare industry in the U.S., which in turn are likely to have a positive impact the overall market growth.

In addition, the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country has augmented the demand for healthcare PPE to reduce further transmission. This, in turn, has led to a shortage of various healthcare personal protective equipment products. Thus, several manufacturers in the country are working closely with the government authorities to reduce the demand-supply gap.

Canada is projected to register at a CAGR of 8.0% over the forecast period. Several factors, including rising elderly population and substantial investments in both public and private sectors, are expected to drive the healthcare industry in the country, which, in turn, is anticipated to have a positive impact on the product demand over the forecast period.

Mexico is anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period on account of various factors such as improving healthcare infrastructure coupled with growing medical tourism in the country. In addition, generic factors such as increasing population coupled with rising disposable incomes and a high prevalence of infectious diseases are expected to generate higher demand for healthcare services, thereby benefitting the overall market growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

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

Manufacturers are also collaborating with industry partners and government authorities for the supply of critical personal protective equipment required during the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, in April 2020, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. partnered with FedEx and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to provide faster shipping of Tyvek garments that are critical to the COVID-19 relief efforts in the U.S.

Recent Developments

  • In March 2022, Cardinal Health launched Decision Path, the latest addition to the NavistaTM Tech Solutions (TS) family of digital solutions, which is designed to assist oncology practices in lowering costs, improving patient care and achieving value-based care success

  • In March 2022, The newly formed Responsible Glove Alliance (RGA), including Ansell as one of its seven founding members, announced its start

  • In February 2022, 3M launched 3M Futures a new platform that highlights five global scientific and technology themes. The website looks into each issue with discussion and viewpoints from 3M specialists, scientists, engineers, and designers at the cutting edge of their areas. In order to comprehend opinions of these top scientific, technology, and design trends, 3M Futures also includes the data from international, third-party research conducted across 11 nations

Some prominent players operating in the North America healthcare personal protective equipment market include:

  • 3M

  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.

  • Cardinal Health

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • O&M Halyard, Inc.

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • Honeywell International Inc.

  • Alpha Pro Tech

  • Medisca Inc.

  • AMD Medicom Inc.

  • Precept

  • Dynarex Corporation

  • PRI·MED Medical Products, Inc.

  • Encompass Group, LLC

North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 1.46 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 2.54 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 8.3% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, end-use, country

Regional scope

North America

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico

Key companies profiled

3M; DuPont de Nemours, Inc.; Cardinal Health; Medline Industries, Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Honeywell International Inc.; Alpha Pro Tech; Ansell Ltd.; O&M Halyard, Inc.; Medisca Inc.; AMD Medicom Inc.; Precept; Dynarex Corporation; PRI·MED Medical Products, Inc; Encompass Group, LLC

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North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at 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 North America healthcare personal protective equipment market report on the basis of product, end-use, and country:

North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Segmentation

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

    • Protective Clothing

      • Coveralls

      • Gowns

        • Disposable

        • Durable

      • 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

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

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

    • Mexico

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