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Medical Devices Cleaning Market Overview
Medical devices need to be cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized at regular time intervals to minimize hospital-acquired infection. Moreover, proper cleaning and maintenance of medical devices is essential in order to reduce the risks associated with improper or inadequate medical device reprocessing. Most medical and surgical devices used in healthcare facilities are made of materials that are heat stable and therefore can be sterilized with the help of heat.
The medical devices cleaning market on the basis of method is categorized into cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. Among all, the sterilization category is expected to hold the largest market share, across the globe. This is mainly because sterilization destroys all microorganisms on the surface of an article or in a fluid.
Further, the disinfection category can be divided into high-level disinfection, intermediate-level disinfection, and low-level disinfection. Among these, the high-level disinfection category is expected to witness fastest growth, primarily due to its compatibility of disinfecting all kinds of lensed instruments, hinged instruments, catheters, and other medical products.
The sterilization method can be further classified into steam sterilization, chemical sterilization, and heat sterilization. Out of these, the steam sterilization category held the largest share. This is due to wide use of technique to kill all kinds of microbes and pathogens, thereby, preventing patients and hospital staff from getting infected.
The medical devices cleaning market in terms of cleaning agents is categorized into powdered detergent, foaming agent, acid cleanser, oil remover, high pH detergent, and others. Among these products, the foaming agent and acid cleanser categories are expected to dominate the medical devices cleaning market in the coming years.
The medical devices cleaning market on the basis of end user is categorized into hospitals and clinics, academics and institutes, ambulatory clinics, nursing homes, clinics, and medical device companies. Among these, the hospitals and clinics is expected to be the fastest-growing end-user category throughout the coming years. This is primarily due to increasing number of hospitals and healthcare facilities, across the globe.
North America holds the largest share in the global medical devices cleaning market, owing to the rich economy supporting the facility of a greater number of hospitals, medical devices companies, diagnostic centers, ambulatory clinics, academics and institutes, and government dispensaries, consisting of the large number of the medical devices and cleaning products. However, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to be the fastest-growing market due to the technological advancements in countries, including India and China.
Medical Devices Cleaning Market Dynamics
In medical devices cleaning market, the demand for cleaning products is primarily driven by the increasing installation of medical devices in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. In addition, incidence and prevalence of acute and chronic diseases also require frequent usage of medical devices. Therefore, to reduce the chances of hospital-acquired infections among patients, it is essential to maintain and clean those devices properly.
Sterilization methods do have a few disadvantages, such as heat sterilization may affect the structural properties of the biodegradable polymers; steam sterilization may be deleterious for heat-sensitive materials; and chemical sterilization may induce structural property changes, releasing toxic and flammable carcinogens.
Medical Devices Cleaning Market Competitive Landscape
The key players of the medical devices cleaning market are actively involved in the acquisitions, product launches, and required approvals to gain competitive advantage among competitors.
Some of the major players of the global medical devices cleaning market are 3M Company, Getinge AB, Cantel Medical Corp., STERIS Corporation, Fortive Corporation, Oro Clean Chemie AG, Ruhof Corporation, Ecolab Inc., and Chemische Fabrik Dr. Weigert GmbH & Co. KG.
The major countries taken into consideration for market size analysis include the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Japan, China, India, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and South Africa.