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Pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin due to prolonged pressure on the skin, which is mostly developed on heels, ankles, hips, and tailbone. People with limited mobility due to medication or bedridden patients as well as geriatric patients are more vulnerable to acquiring pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcer increases the risk of loss of sensory perception and tissue damage. Various preventive measures for the reduction of risk of pressure ulcers in patients include elevation and variations in sleeping position, regular exercise, and skin hygiene. There are various stages of pressure ulcers (Stage I to Stage IV), depending upon the depth of the wound, area of the ulcer and others.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), pressure ulcers account for an estimated 15.0% of the total hospital costs in developed countries. The treatment of pressure ulcers often have a considerable impact on the physical health of the patient and also pose an economic burden on a healthcare system. Thus, increasing initiatives are being undertaken to reduce the prevalence of pressure ulcers These trends are anticipated to contribute to the positive growth of the global pressure ulcer prevention market.
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The rise in prevalence of chronic diseases, aging population, sedentary lifestyle of patients, and inadequate care of bedridden patients are factors leading to increasing number of hospitalizations, which significantly increases the prevalence of pressure ulcers. Other factors such as increasing awareness of pressure ulcer prevention, technological advancements and increasing incidences of obesity are also driving the growth of the market. These factors are presenting a large number of patient suffering from pressure ulcers, subsequently expected to drive the growth of the global pressure ulcer prevention market.
One of the critical restraining forces of this market is the lack of concrete statistical evidence proving the positive impact of pressure ulcer prevention devices in the reduction of pressure ulcer development. Lack of knowledge about prevention devices, ignorance of healthcare professionals in administering prevention devices and lack of stringent guideline implementation are factors restraining the growth of the global pressure ulcer prevention market.
Some of the major companies that are present in the global pressure ulcer prevention market are Hill-Rom Services Inc., Smith & Nephew, Mölnlycke Health Care AB, Cardinal Health, 3M, B. Braun Melsungen AG, KCI Licensing, Inc., Coloplast A/S, and others.
By Prevention Device
· “Low-tech” Continuous Low Pressure (CLP)
· Standard Foam Mattress
· Alternative (Convoluted/Cubed) Foam Mattress
· Gel-filled Mattress
· Fiber-filled Mattress
· Air-filled Mattress
· Water-filled Mattress
· Bead-filled Mattress
· “High-tech” support surfaces
· Alternating-pressure (AP) Mattress/Overlay
· Air-fluidized Beds
· Low-air-loss Beds
· Foam Dressings
· Fluidized Heel Boot
· Fluidized Positioners
By End User
· Hospital & Clinics
· Homecare Settings
· 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 Middle East & Africa)
Among the segmentation, foam dressings in the prevention device type segment is projected to hold a considerable share of the global pressure ulcer prevention market due to higher adoption of foam dressings for prevention in developed as well as developing countries and a number of key market leaders involved in the development and manufacturing of foam dressings for the prevention of pressure ulcers
North America dominated the global pressure ulcer prevention market in 2018 owing to the increasing number of patients at the risk of suffering from pressure ulcers, due to the increasing number of hospitalizations and longer hospital stays, along with the increasing patient population in the U.S., suffering from other associated complications such as obesity. This combined with an increasing number of R&D initiatives being undertaken by key market leaders for the pressure ulcer prevention and management is some of the factors propelling the growth of the pressure ulcer prevention market in North America. Asia Pacific region is anticipated to grow at a higher growth rate, due to increasing demand for advanced prevention devices and an increasing number of hospitalizations due to the increasing prevalence of chronic and acute diseases.