GVR Report cover U.S. Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Hand Protection, Respiratory Protection), By End Use (Hospitals, Home Healthcare), And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-957-9
  • Number of Pages: 127
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The U.S. healthcare personal protective equipment market size was valued at USD 1.71 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.1% from 2020 to 2027. Advancements in medicine and technology, coupled with the widespread use of electronic health records, are expected to create more jobs for healthcare workers, resulting in creating opportunities for PPE manufacturers in the U.S. over the forecast period. Healthcare spending in the U.S. has been increasing considerably since the past few years. Demand for healthcare services and products has led to increased use of healthcare personal protective equipment, such as coveralls, gowns, lab coats and aprons, respirators, bouffant caps, shoe covers, masks, and gloves. In addition, the growing geriatric population in the U.S. is anticipated to boost healthcare spending over the forecast period.

U.S. healthcare personal protective equipment market size

The U.S. population is expected to grow from 329 million in 2019 to approximately 359.4 million by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics. In addition, over 20% of the U.S. population is expected to be over 65 years or older by 2030. The aging population is expected to augment the demand for healthcare services, which, in turn, is expected to boost the product demand over the coming years.

PPE is used by medical practitioners to protect their skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and eyes from exposure to contaminated blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids/materials. An increasing number of hospital-induced infections, coupled with rising educational campaigns organized by the OSHA on occupational exposures, is expected to boost the product demand in the healthcare sector over the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak has resulted in augmenting the demand for PPE, including gloves, coveralls, gowns, surgical masks, respirator masks, face shields, and goggles, in healthcare facilities. However, the limited supply of the aforementioned products has resulted in PPE shortages, thereby disrupting the supply chain. This, in turn, has resulted in creating opportunities for domestic companies to ramp up their manufacturing capacities.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PPE value chain includes relaxation of controls by government agencies to ensure uninterrupted supply, increasing production capacities, and controlling the export of PPE. Furthermore, the long-term impact of the pandemic involves strategic stockpiling of critical supplies, industrial PPE companies catering to the healthcare industry, significant growth in the manufacturing capacities of various players, and an increase in the number of mergers & acquisitions as well as new entrants.

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 in the U.S. has dramatically increased the demand for healthcare PPE, such as surgical masks, gloves, gowns, and goggles, which has further resulted in an insufficient supply of PPE. Moreover, increasing demand, coupled with panic buying, stockpiling, hoarding, and misuse of PPE, is anticipated to result in PPE shortages, thereby disrupting the supply chain.

U.S. Healthcare PPE Market Trends

Healthcare PPE is widely used in hospitals, home healthcare, outpatient/primary care institutions, dental offices, emergency care, mental institutes, biomedical technicians, and community health workers. The healthcare PPE market in the U.S. is expanding owing to strict occupational health and safety laws. Furthermore, growing healthcare infrastructure, rising disposable incomes, and an increasing number of individuals using healthcare services are expected to aid market growth throughout the projection period.

The increased awareness of worker health and safety, as well as rising industrial fatalities, mainly in this region, is expected to drive market expansion throughout the forecast period. Technological advancement, along with shifting consumer demand for PPE, is expected to boost market growth even more.

Conventions regarding worker health and safety concerns, as well as methods such as total quality management (TQM), are predicted to drive personal protection equipment demand, making it obligatory for industries to comply with workplace safety regulations. Furthermore, regulatory organizations in the region are implementing severe requirements on employees to ensure worker safety in light of the region’s expanding risks.

Healthcare spending in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years. The expanding demand for healthcare services and commodities has led to an increase in the use of healthcare personal protective equipment such as gloves, shoe covers, aprons and lab coats, gowns, respirators, bouffant hats, coveralls masks, Furthermore, the region’s aging population is predicted to increase healthcare spending during the forecast period.

The growing number of healthcare-associated illnesses in the U.S. has increased the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). To minimize the transfer of organisms from patients to healthcare personnel or vice versa, infection control methods linked to HAIs include the use of protective barriers such as gloves, gowns, face shields, protective glasses, and masks. Personal protection equipment (PPE) is used by medical professionals to protect the mucosal surfaces of the eyes, nose, and mouth from tainted blood or other potentially contagious bodily fluids/materials. The rising frequency of hospital-acquired diseases, coupled with expanding OSHA awareness programs on occupational exposures, are likely to drive demand for PPE in the healthcare sector throughout the forecast period.

Limited worker capacity during lockdowns, transportation and shipping difficulties, and decreased availability of transportation and freight containers are all expected to add to the scarcity of healthcare PPE. The aforementioned reasons are projected to impede market expansion.

Product Insights

The hand protection segment held the largest share of 63.1% in 2019. The respiratory protection segment is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 62.0% from 2020 to 2027 on account of the rising number of novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. and shortage of N95 masks across the U.S. As a result, several manufacturers including 3M and Honeywell International, Inc. are working closely with various government authorities to ramp up the production of these masks to tackle the situation pertaining to the scarcity of masks.

Face shields are widely used in the healthcare industry for facial protection from sprays, splashes, and spatter of blood and body fluids. They are mainly used by healthcare workers, pre-hospital emergency medical providers, and dental providers. Face shields are used in conjunction with other PPE, such as surgical masks and goggles. They are also considered alternatives to goggles.

A wide range of protective clothing/garments, such as coveralls, gowns, drapes, aprons, sleeves, and lab coats, are used across the healthcare industry. On account of rising demand pertaining to the ongoing pandemic, the cost of isolation gowns saw an increase of 2000% in the last three months. A wide range of manufacturers such as Brooks Brothers, Fanatics, and Fit USA Manufacturing has started producing thousands of gowns per day in order to combat COVID-19.

Healthcare workers often use shoe/boot covers in operating theatres and emergency rooms to prevent the spread of contamination throughout the healthcare facility, thereby maintaining clean and hygienic rooms and the environment. In addition, healthcare workers are exposed to a wide range of hazardous fluids and materials, which can further contaminate their shoes. Thus, shoe/boot covers play a crucial role in keeping the shoes clean and contamination-free in a medical environment.

End-use Insights

The hospital segment held the largest share of 54.0% in 2019. Rapidly growing geriatric population in the U.S., coupled with the rising prevalence of hospital-acquired and other infections, such as hepatitis and AIDS, is anticipated to augment the demand for PPE in hospitals. In addition, the rising prevalence of chronic diseases has increased the number of hospital visits and re-admissions, thereby having a positive impact on PPE demand in hospitals.

The outpatient/primary care facilities segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 28.1% over the forecast period on account of rising treatment and diagnosis of acute and chronic illness, patient education, counseling, health promotion, health maintenance, and disease prevention. In addition, an increasing number of patients visiting primary care services for consultation is expected to further augment the demand for PPE over the forecast period.

U.S. healthcare personal protective equipment market share

Factors such as the increasing number of people adopting home healthcare services are anticipated to have a positive impact on the demand for healthcare PPE in home healthcare facilities. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the health spending for services provided by freestanding home healthcare agencies in the U.S. witnessed growth by 5.2% in 2018 and amounted over USD 102.2 billion.

Community health workers act as frontline agents and often interact with people in underserved communities to reduce health disparities. However, precautions such as the use of PPE is of the utmost importance while providing such services. In addition, community health workers play a pivotal role in combating the novel coronavirus pandemic situation, which is anticipated to drive the demand for PPE over the coming years.

Regional Insight

The rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is projected to result in considerable growth for the U.S. healthcare PPE industry during the next years. The increased incidence of chronic diseases has resulted in a rise in hospital visits and re-admissions, which has increased the requirement for PPE in hospitals.

The need for PPE in hospitals is expected to increase due to the rapidly expanding elderly population in the U.S. and the increased frequency of illnesses picked up in hospitals as well as other infections like hepatitis and AIDS. Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), circumcision, cesarean section, knee arthroplasty, spinal fusion, percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA), appendectomy, and carotid endarterectomy are a few of the most popular surgical procedures carried out in the U.S. These aforementioned factors are anticipated to propel the demand for healthcare PPE over the forecasted period.

Home healthcare services are predicted to increase in the U.S. as a result of factors such as the aging population growth and an increase in the number of individuals using home healthcare services, which is expected to positively affect the demand for healthcare PPE throughout the forecast period.

The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled government agencies and authorities to advise using gloves and masks as a form of social distancing. Additionally, the pandemic has had a significant negative influence on the U.S. and many other nations across the world. As a result, individuals are projected to continue using masks and gloves as a preventive strategy measure for the Covid-19 pandemic, which is further anticipated to support market growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Healthcare PPE manufacturers are collaborating with industry partners and government authorities for the supply of critical PPE necessary for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, in April 2020, DuPont de Nemours, Inc. partnered with FedEx and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide faster shipping of Tyvek garments that are critical to COVID-19 relief efforts. Worldwide shortages of medical-grade PPE, such as gowns and face masks, have resulted in increased partnerships and collaborations. Noble Biomaterials and Chargeurs PCC Fashion Technologies are working together to enable the fashion company to manufacture PPE using the silver-based technologies of Noble Biomaterials. Some of the prominent players in the U.S. healthcare personal protective equipment market include:

  • 3M

  • Alpha Pro Tech

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • Medisca Inc.

  • O&M Halyard, Inc.

  • DuPont

  • Cardinal Health

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • Honeywell International Inc.

U.S. Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 5.96 Billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 13.23 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 29.1% 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 scope

The U.S.

Key companies profiled

3M; Alpha Pro Tech; Ansell Ltd.; Medisca Inc.; O&M Halyard, Inc.; DuPont; Cardinal Health; Medline Industries, Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Honeywell International Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the country level 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 U.S. healthcare personal protective equipment market report on the basis of product and end use:

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

    • Protective Clothing

      • Coveralls

      • Gowns

      • Hazmat Suits

    • Respiratory Protection

      • Surgical Masks

      • Respirator Masks

      • Half Mask Respirators

      • 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

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