The global stretcher accessories market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. A stretcher is a device used to move patients who need 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 make 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 patient transfer. Several manufacturers have started to offer hybrid devices that integrate the functionality of a stretcher, recliner chair, and treatment or procedural table into one healthcare equipment.
The driving factors for the growth of the stretcher accessories market include an increase in the number of disabilities, accidents, and the growing geriatric population. Recently, the market has a new trend of renting out stretchers and for the 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 is highly irregular and scattered due to the lack of long term planning. African and Latin American regions lack legal protocols that are necessary for the 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 the market.
Based on type, the global stretcher market is segmented as a simple stretcher, folding stretcher, scoop stretcher, litter, reeves sleeve, and walk board. Based on 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 the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases leading to disability& stringent government regulations for the 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 sectors. Besides, government initiatives to refurbish the laws and make them equivalent to healthcare advanced countries. Therefore, Asia-Pacific regions are the 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 the 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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