A stretcher is a device used to move patients who are in need of medical help. Stretchers are primarily used for hospital-care situations by emergency medical services, military and search and rescue personnel.
Stretchers come in various sizes and adjustments. EMS stretchers that are used in ambulances have wheels that makes transportation easier and also have a lock inside the ambulance that provides comfort and makes the patient secure. Other than this, there are stretchers like cots and litters which are carried by two people or wheeled ones known as gurneys, beds or trolleys. The market for stretcher accessories includes everything that enables the medical staff to serve patients effectively. Standard stretchers come with several adjustments that enable lowering or raising the bed to facilitate the patient transfer. Several manufacturers have started to offer hybrid devices that integrate the functionality of a stretcher, recliner chair and a treatment or procedural table into one healthcare equipment.
The driving factors for the growth of stretcher accessories market include increase in number of disabilities, accidents and growing geriatric population. Recently, the market has a new trend of renting out stretchers and for short duration that enables the hospitals to easily manage the received funding all the year.
Medical equipment is an expensive affair and incurs a lot of capital investment. Moreover, equipment in healthcare systems are highly irregular and scattered due to the lack of long term planning. African and Latin American regions lack legal protocols that are necessary for proper handling of patients along with handlers. Therefore, healthcare systems are not much developed in these regions which again poses a limitation for the growth of stretcher accessories market.
On the basis of type, the global stretcher market is segmented as simple stretcher, folding stretcher, scoop stretcher, litter, reeves sleeve, and wauk board. On the basis of geographic segmentation, the global stretcher accessories market spans North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa. Europe dominates the global market for patient handling equipment like stretchers and thus it would be the largest market for the forecast period owing to growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases leading to disability& stringent government regulations for procedure of handling patients.
Asia-Pacific regions are growing due to the rising population, growing investment in hospitals & healthcare by both the public and private sector. In addition, government initiatives to refurbish the laws and make them equivalent to healthcare advanced countries. Therefore, Asia-Pacific regions are fertile market for stretcher accessories and other equipment.
U.S. Air force researchers are now developing a new aeromedical evacuation stretcher that can transport patients with brain and spinal injuries with utmost care and accuracy. The main objective behind this innovation is to ensure patient’s stability and comfort while lowering the costs of equipment needed during transit.
The key players in the stretcher accessories market include Invacare Corporation, Stryker Corporation, ArjoHuntleigh (Getinge Group), Etac AB, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc, Patterson Medical Holdings, Inc., Permobil AB, Stiegelmeyer & Co. GMBH, DJO Global and Sunrise Medical LLC.
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