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Ultrasound is one of the most widely used forms of diagnostic modality available today. This also raises a concern on the proper disinfection of the ultrasound probe. Though ultrasound is a cornerstone in the diagnosis of disease, concern continues to exist on the repeated use of the ultrasound probe and its role as a vector for the transmission of pathogens. According to the Therapeutic Drug Administration, 10 patients were found to be infected with Burkholderia cenocepacia after undergoing ultrasound-guided procedure and drainage using the contaminated gel in Australia in 2017.
A variety of ultrasound probe disinfection devices are now available in the market. The rising concern to limit the hospital-acquired infection have resulted in the launch of technically advanced ultrasound probe disinfectors in the market. For example, in October 2018, Tropton 2 was launched by Nanosonics, which can store up to 100,000 disinfection records and can easily get integrated into the hospital information system.
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The increasing application of ultrasound for diagnostic purpose, increasing incidence of hospital-acquired infection because of improper disinfection of ultrasound probes, an increase in usage of high-level disinfection systems are the major factors driving the global ultrasound probe disinfection market. Also, the emerging government guidelines for disinfection of ultrasound probe is anticipated to further boost the global ultrasound probe disinfection market in the forecast period.
The Joint Commission in 2016 found out that 74% of all threats to life were associated with improperly sterilized equipment. According to NHS Health, Scotland, the chances of the patient getting a bacterial infection after a transvaginal scan is 41%. Hence, the increasing incidence of hospital-acquired infection because of improper disinfection of ultrasound probes is expected to fuel the market.
However, slow adoption of automatic probe reprocessors due to high cost is a factor that can hamper the growth in the global ultrasound probe disinfection market.
Some of the major companies that are present in the global ultrasound probe disinfection market are GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers GmbH, Nanosonics, Tristel, CIVCO Medical Solutions, Parker Laboratories Inc., Germitec, Ecolab Inc., Schülke & Mayr GmbH, Virox Technologies Inc., STERIS plc., Metrex Research LLC, Johnson & Johnson Inc. (Advanced Sterilization Products) and other players.
By Product Type
· Intermediate or Low-Level Disinfection
· High-Level Disinfection
By Type of Probe
· Linear Transducers
· Phased Array Transducer
· Convex Transducers
· Endocavitary Transducers
· Transesophageal Echocardiography Transducers
By End User
· Diagnostic Centres
· Maternity Centres
· Ambulatory Care Centres
· Educational and Research Institutions
· 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)
In terms of process, the high-level disinfection segment is estimated to grow at a remarkable rate which is primarily due to the increasing incidences of hospital-acquired infection, rising need of standard process for effective disinfection and emerging protocols for disinfection.
North America is anticipated to hold a considerable share of the global ultrasound probe disinfection market owing to the strict government reforms to reduce the hospital-acquired infection and increase in the number of an ultrasound procedure. The global ultrasound proves disinfection market in Europe is expected to expand in the forecast duration due to the adoption of high standard probe disinfection practices. The increasing number of diagnostic and imaging centers, nursing homes is projected to favor the global ultrasound probe disinfection market in Asia Pacific.
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