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Healthcare personnel is susceptible to infectious droplets, aerosols, microorganisms and other infectious agents present in the environment that lead to high risk of transmitting diseases like hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and surgical site infections (SSIs). To circumvent susceptibility of contamination or infections, healthcare personnel uses surgical masks, gloves, head gear, and shoe covers, that are manufactured by textile industries which can be woven, non-woven and knitted.
Non-woven surgical products have been adopted by most hospitals for use in surgical processes. Nonwoven fabric comprises of short fiber (staple) and long fibers (continuous long), bonded together by chemical, mechanical, heat or solvent treatment. Non-woven have limited-life, they may be single-use or durable fabric.
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The global medical non-woven disposables market is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period, owing to the increasing prevalence of infectious diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis and increasing demand for clean, sanitary and disposable products for the safety of patients and doctors. Additionally, the rise in the number of surgical procedures (inpatient and outpatient) and the adoption of advanced home healthcare are some of the factors driving the growth of the global medical non-woven disposables market.
As stringent regulations are being adopted by the hospitals, R&D institutes, and pharmaceutical R&D for the safety of healthcare workers, demand for the nonwoven products such as facial masks, gowns, drapes, gloves, and wipes are increasing and is thus responsible for driving the growth of the global non-woven disposables market.
However, lack of disposable facilities at the waste management center for used or infected non-woven products is the rising concern responsible for restraining the global medical non-woven disposables market. These products are harmful and infectious if not disposed of properly as they pose a threat to the environment. Also, lack of fabric strength and durability, the high tendency of pilling and high cost of raw material are some of the factors restraining the growth of the non-woven disposables market.
Some of the major companies operating in the global medical non-woven disposables market are Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Medline Industries, Inc., Paul Hartmann AG, Molnlycke Health Care, Ahlstrom Corporation, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., Svenska Cellulosa, Freudenberg & Co. KG, Aktiebolaget SCA, Domtar Corporation, and others.
· Surgical Products
· Wound Dressings
· Incontinence Products
By End User
· Nursing Homes
· Consumer & Home Healthcare
· Ambulatory Surgery Centres
· North America (USA and Canada)
· Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, and Rest of Europe)
· Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Rest of Asia Pacific)
· Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)
· Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC, and Rest of the Middle East & Africa)
Among the segmentation, surgical products from the product segment amount to a larger segment of the medical non-woven disposable market owing to its use for safety, and prevention against hospital infections or surgical infections. Surgical products are largely preferred by hospitals, research institutes, and pharmaceutical R&D.
Geographically, the global medical non-wove disposables market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. North America accounted for the largest share of the market in 2017 owing to the growing geriatric population, increased number of surgeries, awareness about improved hygienic habits among the population and strict safety regulations adopted by the hospitals. Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a significant CAGR in the forecast period, due to technologically advanced biodegradable adult diapers and gender-specific diapers designed to deliver patient comfort, an initiative taken by the government and private organization for spreading awareness about personal hygiene and infectious diseases.
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