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Wound Contact Layer Dressing Market Size, Share, & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Antimicrobial, Non-antimicrobial), By End-use (Hospital, Outpatient, Home healthcare), And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-121-9
  • Number of Report Pages: 110
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global wound contact layer dressing market size was valued at USD 376.39 million in 2022 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.8% during the forecast period. The market is primarily driven by factors such as the rising number of chronic diseases and conditions impacting wound healing capabilities and the rising number of accidents requiring effective healing methods. Growing focus on the development of composite dressings, increasing investments in emerging economies, and rapid technological development of wound dressings offer significant growth opportunities for the market.

U.S. Wound Contact Layer Dressing market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Wound contact layer dressings incorporate advanced materials such as silicone and hydrogels. These materials are aimed to achieve better adhesion to the wound while not adhering to the wound bed. In addition, some dressings included technologies such as perforations or microstructures that improved moisture management and wound healing. The COVID-19 pandemic led to an increased focus on infection control in healthcare settings. This has led to a greater demand for products that reduce the risk of infection, such as antimicrobial dressings and topical agents. Some wound care companies have pivoted to meet this demand by developing new products that address infection control. The outbreak of COVID-19 has created large-scale opportunities for local manufacturers. Furthermore, as a result of limitations on international border crossings affecting the movement of major market players, disruptions occurred within their supply chains. Consequently, this situation provided a window of opportunity for local entrants to enter the market and fulfill the previously unaddressed demands of end users.

One of the key drivers propelling the demand for wound contact layer dressings is the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and conditions that hinder the body's ability to heal wounds effectively. Both chronic wounds and surgical wounds exert a harmful influence on the process of wound recovery. Factors such as the expanding elderly demographic, the growing incidence of traumatic wounds, the rising number of surgical procedures, and the increasing occurrence of illnesses like obesity and diabetes collectively contribute to the growing frequency of chronic wounds. For instance, as per the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Spain exhibits a diabetes prevalence rate of 14.80%, which translates to a significant count of 5,141,300 individuals solely within the nation.

Furthermore, the increasing incidence of obesity stands as another pivotal catalyst for potential market expansion, owing to its correlation with chronic wounds and the need for lower extremity amputations. Individuals affected by obesity face an elevated susceptibility to pressure ulcers due to diminished vascular activity within adipose tissue. The inability of these patients to reposition themselves effectively while lying down sets the stage for pressure-related injuries. Additionally, the presence of skin folds on their bodies creates an ideal environment for the proliferation of microorganisms. Consequently, ulcers emerge as a result of the breakdown of skin triggered by these microorganisms. As a result, this factor is expected to stimulate demand for such products, consequently driving market growth.

Furthermore, countries such as the U.S. and Canada have seen an increase in hospital admissions in recent years due to the high prevalence of chronic medical diseases & fatal injuries. According to the CDC, chronic diseases are the leading cause of disability and mortality. In the U.S., 4 out of 10 adults have two or more chronic diseases, and 6 out of 10 adults have a chronic disease.

Product Insights

The non-antimicrobial wound contact layer dressing segment accounted for the largest market share, with 75.28% in 2022. These dressings provide protection, promote wound healing, and maintain moisture balance while avoiding using substances that directly target microbial growth. By reducing pain during dressing changes and maintaining an optimal healing environment, these dressings can improve the overall experience for patients.

The antimicrobial segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 13.73% during the forecast period. These types of dressing covers are employed to modify the level of microorganisms present in the wound bed. Antimicrobial wound dressings find significant application in managing both partial and full-thickness wounds, including surgical incisions and percutaneous line sites. These particular products are accessible in various forms, such as nylon fabric, island dressings, film dressings, sponges, impregnated woven gauzes, or combinations of diverse materials.

End-use Insights

The hospital segment dominated the market with a 45.21% market share in 2022. This dominance can be attributed to the rising demand for advanced medical facilities, considerable technological advancements in emerging economies, and rising healthcare expenditure in developing economies. Hospitals use wound dressings to treat a variety of wounds, including surgical wounds, burns, pressure ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers. The demand for wound dressings in hospitals is driven by factors such as the growing incidence of chronic wounds, an increase in the number of surgeries, and a rise in the aging population. For instance, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the number of hospitalizations in Australia has increased. For instance, in 2019 - 2020, 11.1 million people were hospitalized in Australia, of which 6.7 million were hospitalized in public hospitals, whereas 4.4 million were in private hospitals. 

Global Wound Contact Layer Dressing market share and size, 2022

The home healthcare segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period. As the population ages, there is an increasing demand for home healthcare services, including wound care. Older adults are more prone to chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and venous leg ulcers, which require ongoing care and attention. With the rising cost of healthcare, there is a growing emphasis on cost-effectiveness in wound care. Home healthcare services are often more cost-effective than inpatient care, making them an attractive option for patients, insurers, and healthcare providers.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the market in 2022 with a revenue share of 45.44%. The market is expected to demonstrate a moderate growth rate, which can be attributed to the presence of reimbursement policies and various awareness campaigns led by several organizations. The well-developed healthcare system and public awareness are major advantages for the healthcare system in North America.

Wound Contact Layer Dressing Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Asia Pacific is projected to impel at the fastest growth rate of 13.45% over the forecast period. This can be attributed to various factors, such as the growing geriatric population, increasing medical tourism, and the rising number of populations suffering from various chronic & acute wounds. Moreover, with the presence of rapidly developing countries such as China & India, the wound contact layer dressing market is expected to grow in the coming years.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Some of the major players contributing to the market are Hollister Incorporated, 3M, Cardinal Health, Advanced Medical Solutions Limited, Avery Dennison Corporation, Elkem ASA, Paul Hartmann Limited, BSN Medical, Medline Industries, Inc., Smith + Nephew, and Molnlycke Health Care AB. New product launches, acquisitions, geographical expansions, product approvals and product innovation are the major strategies the market players adopt to retain their market share. For instance, in April 2021, Mölnlycke expanded in Malaysia with the construction of a new factory. This would help the company establish itself in the Malaysian market. Some of the prominent players in the wound contact layer dressing market include:

  • Hollister Incorporated

  • 3M

  • Cardinal Health

  • Advanced Medical Solutions Limited

  • Avery Dennison Corporation

  • Elkem ASA

  • Paul Hartmann Limited

  • BSN Medical

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Smith + Nephew

  • Molnlycke Health Care AB.

Wound Contact Layer Dressing Market Report Scope             

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 415.98 million

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 964.19 million

Growth rate

CAGR of 12.8% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historic data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD & CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors & trends

Segments covered

Product, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; UK; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; China; Japan; India; Australia; South Korea; Thailand; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Kuwait.

Key companies profiled

Hollister Incorporated; 3M; Cardinal Health; Advanced Medical Solutions Limited; Avery Dennison Corporation; Elkem ASA; Paul Hartmann Limited; BSN Medical; Medline Industries, Inc.; Smith + Nephew; Molnlycke Health Care AB.

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Global Wound Contact Layer Dressing Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, & country levels as well as provides an analysis on the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global wound contact layer dressing market report on the basis of product, application, end use and region.

Global Wound Contact Layer Dressingn Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Antimicrobial

    • Non-antimicrobial

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hospitals

    • Outpatients

    • Home Healthcare

    • Research & Manufacturing

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Denmark

      • Sweden

      • Norway

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • Thailand

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Kuwait

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