Disinfectors Market Overview
Due to the growing number of healthcare interventions and increasing focus on controlling infections, worldwide, the market for disinfectors is expected to grow steadily in the coming years. Disinfection is an essential procedure which is performed to control infections in the healthcare facilities and is carried out with the help of several types of disinfectors which includes washer, flusher, and endoscope reprocessor. Increasing demand of various types of disinfectors in healthcare settings and academic and research institutes is playing substantial role in the growth of the global disinfectors market.
Though considerable efforts have been made to improve hygiene and sanitation in the healthcare settings, healthcare associated infections (HAIs) remain a major concern worldwide. There are three primary sources of HAIs: medical devices, the environment and human contact.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day one in 25 hospital patients has reported for at-least one HAI. As HAIs create additional burden in the form of increased healthcare costs and patient morbidity, healthcare facilities around the world are increasingly following strict hygiene and sanitation regime including timely decontamination and sterilization of medical equipment to avoid HAIs. Preventing HAIs is not only crucial for the patients, but also for their visitors; and more importantly for the healthcare providers responsible for the daily care of the patients.
Disinfectors are mainly used to disinfect (semi-sterilize) medical instruments, stainless steel furniture of operating rooms, and central sterile services departments (CSSD). Disinfecting equipment are used to wash, rinse, dry and disinfect medical utensils, surgical instruments and bedpans, endoscopes and other products used in healthcare settings. There is a wide range of disinfecting equipment with modern design and multifunctional washing features available in the market, supporting the growth of the disinfectors market.
The disinfectors market can be categorized based on antimicrobial activity, product, and end user. Based on the antimicrobial activity, the disinfectors market can be divided into three classes – high-level, intermediate-level and low-level. The high-level disinfectors category is expected to hold the largest share in the market during the forecast period, mainly due to their increasing demand in the healthcare settings. Moreover, there are several companies, such as Advanced Sterilization Products, a division of Johnson and Johnson; Belimed AG; and STERIS plc, offering disinfectors for high-level disinfections.
The disinfectors market includes products, such as washer, flusher and endoscope reprocessor. The washer category is further sub-divided into single chamber (single door and double door) and multi chamber. On the basis of end user, the market is classified into elderly care settings; hospitals and clinics; diagnostic laboratories; academic and research institutes; and others.
Due to the strict and mandatory regulations and stringent reimbursement policies around the world, particularly in North America (the largest market for disinfectors), healthcare providers are pushed further to enhance their infection control regime, resulting into high demands for safe and effective disinfectors. For example, under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP), the hospitals in the U.S. are subjected to financial penalties for "preventable" HAIs (such as CLABSI and CAUTI).
In the emerging nations, increasing government initiatives, growing healthcare infrastructure, and rising awareness about hygiene and sanitation are playing pivotal role in the growth of disinfectors market.
Disinfectors Market Dynamics
The demand for disinfectors that eliminate toxic residue from devices; sterilize instruments; reducing the chances of HAIs in healthcare facilities is continuously growing, which acts as a key driver for the growth of global disinfectors market. Modern healthcare settings use many types of invasive devices (such as catheters or ventilators) and perform procedures where risk of infections is high. Some of the common HAIs include catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), and surgical site infections (SSI). Disinfectors helps in maintaining hygiene environment by eliminating contaminations, which reduces the occurrence of such types of HAIs in the healthcare settings.
There has been a growing demand for medical interventions including surgeries, preventive screenings, and different types of medical tests worldwide. As per the United Nations, the global population will reach 8.5 billion by 2030. Also, the population aged 60 and above is growing with the fastest pace, which is anticipated to reach 1.4 billion by 2030. Elderly people are more susceptible to infections, such as urinary tract infection (UTIs), diarrheal diseases, antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus infections and many others. Thus, the demand for all type of healthcare interventions is bound to increase in next decade. The rise in number of medical procedures is leading to the need of frequent decontamination of medical tools and instruments, which is fueling the demand for disinfectors.
The demand for disinfectors is growing steadily, particularly in nursing homes and assisted living centers (long-term care facilities) for elderly care, since there is a continuous shift from the traditional inpatient settings like the emergency department or the hospital, to less costly alternative care settings and home healthcare. Moreover, the demand for disinfectors is also predicted to undergo notable growth in the physicians’ office, and long-term care facilities.
One of the major challenges in the disinfectors market is the growing trend of medical institutions and clinics to use disposable medical devices that do not require sterilization or disinfections. The growing phenomena of antimicrobial resistance is the other major challenge reported in the disinfectants’ industry.
Disinfectors Market Competitive Landscape
Some of the major companies operating in the disinfectors industry are Advanced Sterilization Products, Belimed AG, Wassenburg Medical B.V., CareFusion Corporation, Getinge AB, Olympus Corporation, and STERIS plc. Other prominent competitors in the market include Bio-Cide International, Inc., BIOTECHMEDICS US., Cantel Medical, Diversey Inc., MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co KG, CS Medical LLC, Swisher International, Inc., and Tuttnauer Europe B.V.
The study provides historical as well the forecast market size data for various countries, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa.