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The North America feeding tubes market size was USD 516.1 million in 2020. The North America impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with the market witnessing a positive demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the market for enteral feeding tubes exhibited an increase of 30.0% in 2020. The market is expected to grow from USD 594.7 million in 2021 to USD 1,014.9 million in 2028, growing at a CAGR of 7.9% in the 2021-2028 period. The sudden drop in CAGR after 2020 is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
A feeding tube is a medical device used to provide nutrition to people who cannot obtain the same by mouth, are unable to swallow safely, or need nutritional supplementation. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer is one of the major factors supporting the growth of the North America feeding tubes market. Cancer patients often suffer from malnutrition, which requires enteral feeding via feeding tubes. Hence, the growing prevalence of the disease will significantly boost the demand for feeding tubes in the forecast period, thereby augmenting the North America feeding tubes market growth.
Other chronic ailments that require enteral feeding are certain neurological conditions, gastrointestinal ailments, and diabetes. The increasing prevalence of aforementioned ailments across the U.S. is further set to stimulate the North America feeding tubes industry growth in the forecast period.
Increased Rates of ICU Admissions to Augment North America Feeding Tubes Industry Growth
The impact of COVID-19 on the North America feeding tubes industry is estimated to reflect an increase in the year 2020 and in the near future. The demand for feeding tubes is expected to rise dramatically in 2020 compared to 2019. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increase in the number of ICU admissions. ICU patients mostly require enteral feeding, which is done via feeding tubes. Hence, the growing prevalence of COVID-19 has increased the number of ICU admissions in the U.S., thus boosting the demand for North America feeding tubes.
For instance, as stated in a few articles, in December 2020, there was a 24% increase in the number of patients admitted to the intensive care units in the U.S. compared to the previous month. Nursing homes and residential care centers also saw a significant increase in the number of locations with infections. Hence, the aforementioned factor is set to strongly boost the demand for North America feeding tubes amidst the pandemic.
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Gradual Shift towards Enteral Feeding Over Parenteral Feeding to Offer Lucrative Growth Opportunities for the North America Feeding Tubes Business
The enteral feeding tube industry is poised to experience a lucrative growth opportunity as there is a gradual shift or transition towards enteral feeding over parenteral feeding. Enteral nutrition is the preferred route of nutrient transfer. There are several benefits of enteral nutrition over parenteral, such as feeding through the enteral route has fewer septic and metabolic complications compared to parenteral nutrient delivery. Moreover, feeding through the enteral route prevents villous atrophy and endorses the immune function of the gut. Hence, such benefits of enteral feeding over parenteral nutrition have caused the gradual shift towards enteral feeding, thus augmenting the market growth.
Growing Technological Advancement Pertaining to Feeding Tubes will Boost Product Demand
Tube feeding is a necessary alternative for children who are unable to ingest food orally due to a chronic illness. However, there are certain difficulties that are faced by medical professionals during tube feeding, such as tube placement errors. Hence, to avoid such hazards, various companies are focusing on research and development activities with an aim to manufacture novel technology-based feeding tube systems. For instance, in April 2019, ENvizion Medical announced that the ENvue Electromagnetic Feeding Tube Placement System received FDA 510(k) clearance. This new generation of electromagnetic placement technology addresses current technological limitations and meets the growing clinical need for accurate feeding tube placement at the bedside. Hence, such advancements will strongly boost demand for North America feeding tubes.
Product Recalls Might Restrain North America Feeding Tubes Industry Growth
The increasing number of product recalls pertaining to feeding tubes is one of the major restricting factors. In January 2020, Kentec Medical, Inc’s Ameritus medical products ENFit polyurethane and silicone feeding tubes were recalled. The feeding tube’s plastic tethered closure cap may possibly fracture or break. This might cause possible health hazards. The enteral feeding and medication administration could be delayed until a replacement tube is placed into the patient. Also, the patient could be unnecessarily overexposed to radiation if multiplex-rays are needed to confirm the placement of a new tube. Hence, such factors might restrict North America feeding tubes industry growth.
Nasogastric Tube Segment to Dominate the North America Feeding Tubes Business Due to Growing Prevalence of Chronic Ailments
Based on the type, the North America market is categorized into nasogastric tube, nasojejunal feeding tube, gastric tube (G tube), jejunostomy tube (J tube), and orogastric tube.
Among them, the nasogastric tube segment is poised to hold a significant market share during the forecast period. This is attributable to the growing prevalence of chronic ailments such as cancer in the U.S. Cancer patients often require enteral feeding in their ICU stay, as they are sometimes deprived of oral feeding. Moreover, nasogastric tubes have minimal insertion complexities compared to other feeding tubes. For instance, as per the National Cancer Institute, in 2020, an estimated 1,806,590 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States. Hence, increasing the incidence of cancer is expected to augment segmental growth.
The gastric tube (G tube) or gastrostomy tube segment is poised to witness a significant CAGR in the forecast period. The stable share is majorly attributable to the rising number of product launches during the past few years. For instance, in July 2020, VIPUN Medical and Baxter International Inc. confirmed an agreement to market the VIPUN Gastric Monitoring System. This novel technology-based device features a smart feeding tube intended to quantify stomach motility with an aim to help physicians identify feeding intolerance in the critical care unit (ICU) and other healthcare settings.
Increasing Number of Chronic Ailments among Adult Population to Stimulate This Segment’s Growth
In terms of age, the adult segment accounted for the maximum portion of the market in 2020. An increasing prevalence of chronic conditions such as gastrointestinal (GI) ailments in American adults is one of the major growth stimulating factors. For instance, as per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), each year, GI conditions account for 105 million ambulatory care visits, 14 million hospital admissions, and 236,000 adult deaths.
The pediatrics segment will continue to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the growing incidence of neurological conditions in the pediatric population, coupled with the rapid increase in the neonate population. For instance, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 6 U.S. children aged 2–8 years had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Such cases often require enteral feeding, thereby augmenting the segmental growth.
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Surging Healthcare Expenditure Pertaining to Gastrointestinal Ailments to Drive the Segment
Based on the application, the North America feeding tubes industry is classified into oncology, gastroenterology, diabetes, and others.
The gastroenterology segment dominated the North America feeding tubes in 2020. High shares of the segment are attributable to the increasing healthcare expenditure pertaining to gastrointestinal ailments across the U.S. For instance, as per the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine, in 2015, annual health care expenditures for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases totaled USD 135.9 billion. Hepatitis (USD 23.3 billion), esophageal disorders (USD 18.1 billion), biliary tract disease (USD 10.3 billion), abdominal pain (USD 10.2 billion), and inflammatory bowel disease (USD 7.2 billion) were the most expensive. Each year, there were 97,700 deaths from non-malignant GI diseases.
The diabetes segment is expected to witness stable growth. This is due to the increasing number of diabetes cases across the U.S. that require enteral feeding.
Hospital Segment to Dominate the North America Feeding Tubes Industry Owing to Increasing ICU Admissions
The hospitals segment dominated the North America feeding tubes in 2020. High shares of the segment are majorly due to the increasing number of critical care admissions across the U.S. People admitted to ICUs are often treated with enteral nutrition, thereby augmenting the segmental growth. For instance, as per the University of California San Francisco, the modern intensive care unit (ICU) is the highest mortality unit in any hospital. There are approximately 4 million ICU admissions per year in the United States, with the average mortality rate reported ranging from 8-19%. Hence, such critical cases often require enteral feeding, thus augmenting the segmental growth.
The specialty clinics segment is projected to witness significant growth in the forecast period. This is attributable to the increasing number of specialty clinics operating in the U.S. that offer enteral nutrition.
The North America feeding tubes market stood at USD 516.1 million in 2020. Increased preference of key players to introduce products in the U.S. is a key factor driving the growth of the market in the region. They are targeting approvals from the U.S. FDA and other regulatory bodies to gather a customer base in North America. Moreover, higher investments in research and development pertaining to enteral feeding are projected to boost the North America feeding tubes industry growth.
Strong Distribution Channels and Robust Portfolios to Augment Revenue Growth of Key Players
The North America feeding tubes market is nearly consolidated in nature, with major players such as Cardinal Health, B. Braun Melsungen AG, BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company), Baxter, and others accounting for a major portion of the industry. Cardinal Health is the dominant player operating in the North America feeding tubes industry. The company has been continuously holding a strong position in the clinical nutrition segment. This can be attributable to several factors such as a robust portfolio of feeding tubes, a strong distribution channel in the U.S., and a rising focus on mergers and acquisitions with major companies.
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The feeding tubes market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product type, age groups, applications, and end-users. Besides this, it offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the North America market stood at USD 516.1 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1,014.9 million by 2028.
In 2020, the market stood at USD 516.1 million.
The market will exhibit steady growth at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period (2021-2028).
By type, the nasogastric tube segment will lead the market.
The growing prevalence of chronic ailments such as cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and others that require enteral feeding is one of the major growth stimulating factors.
Cardinal Health & BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company) are the top players in the market.
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