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5 February, New York, USA, 2021 – The covid-19 pandemic has been a bittersweet saga for many players in the healthcare sector. On one hand, it has resulted in myriad of opportunities to care for new patients, new understanding about the rise of diseases; it has also resulted in some unfathomable losses. For example, according to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, each year 1.7 million patients in the US are affected by Hospital Infected Infections, resulting in over 99,000 deaths. Furthermore, the urinary tract infections make up 32% of these, which are nearly impossible to avoid in long-term chronic care. Today, as the healthcare industry battles the covid-19 blues to prepare healthcare infrastructure for a post-Covid-19 future, it is essential for hospitals to look at new supply of medical grade textiles. The new supply is essential to avoid the risk of infections, provide protection for patients with chronic illnesses, ensure compliance, and avert liabilities. Hence, the growing demand for medical grade textiles, increasing promise of the vaccine drive, and growing understanding about issues like HAIs due to methods like digital surveillance will drive major growth for the healthcare fabrics market.
The healthcare fabrics market is expected to reach USD 25.1 billion by 2025, rising from $16.8 billion in 2020. The market is expected to register a robust CAGR of 6.7% as Germany follows suit to Austria, and Bavaria to mandate the use of N95 masks. The US, UK, and France has advised its citizens to wear the N95 masks, with top US health experts like Dr.Fauci recommending two N95 masks per person.
Growing Demand for Biocompatible Textiles Remains a Key Driver to Growth
According to the US department of Commerce, the strongest opportunity for medical textiles in the near future remains in innovative products like bio textiles, while strong demand for hospital linens, or bandages continue to drive growth of the consumables. For example, between 1993-2018, the imported non-woven fabrics in United States rose by 500%. These fabrics form a substantial demand for applications like medical devices, supplies, and household sundry products. After the 2009 financial crisis, their demand has rebounded thanks to their myriad of benefits like absorbent, liquid repellent, soft, strong, stretchable, flame retardant, filtering, washable nature, among others. Their several advantages make them ideal in medical products like disposable diapers, clothing interlining, fabric dryer-sheets, sanitary napkins, medical drapes, and wraps.
The demand for products like disposable diapers will also witness tremendous growth in near future, thanks to growing demand for treating chronic illnesses. According to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), chronic diseases contribute to 90% of costs of $3 trillion. Moreover, nearly 45% Americans suffer from at least one chronic condition, including illnesses like diabetes, cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, heart disease, among others. The conditions remain the leading cause of deaths in United States, and lead to increased hospitalization each year. The growing demand to reduce HAIs for patients with chronic illnesses, and provide improved healthcare services will drive major growth for non-woven medical grade fabrics in the near future.
HAIs Infection Continue to Plague Healthcare Systems across US and Europe
It is estimated that HAIs affect millions of patients annually in Europe, with over 80,000 infections occurring each day. This results in major economic, and social burden for healthcare systems in Europe. It results in direct increase in costs in staff training, hand hygiene, patient identification, controlled use of antibiotics, and isolation of patients. Moreover, increasingly some disinfectants show inability to counter pathogens associated with healthcare operations, driving significant challenges to chronically-ill patients. The healthcare fabrics or medical grade textile remain an important shielding process to separate patients from spread of pathogens. Furthermore, textiles also remain at high-risk due to attraction of pathogen towards human bodies, and additional warmth, and moisture. On the other hand, new materials like engineered nano-materials have shown promise in eliminating microbial burden on these surfaces. These textiles are now considered ideal for facing conventional challenges like HAIs. The lack of awareness about their relative costs remain a major hindrance to their expansion in the healthcare fabrics market. Growing demand for these fabrics, and increased advancement in nanotechnology, and supportive technologies like 3D printing will likely drive tremendous growth for the healthcare fabrics market as Covid-19 pandemic forces stakeholders like hospitals to bring about a sea of change in disinfection practices.
Demand for Hygienic Applications to Remain Most Promising Driver of Growth
According to the US department of commerce, the wearable technology has become increasingly viable. These wearable fabrics allow medical practitioners to monitor body temperature, respiratory activity, humidity, and heart rate. Furthermore, this technology also enables RFID tagged asset location, and patient management. This technology is the need of the hour in the healthcare sector. For example, cardiovascular diseases remain a leading driver of deaths, and disability in United States. However, patients with these are constrained with limited mobility, and require physiotherapies to recovery completely. With technologies like RFID tags, hospital management can monitor how much time caretakers spend on each patient on average. This is essential to cater to growing demand for rehabilitation from industries.
Rising technological advancements have also made way for advancements like artificial arteries. According to the US department of commerce, countries like India promise a major opportunity for growth for high-end technology. The country promises tremendous opportunities for overseas manufacturers with its promising initiatives like ‘Make in India’, to cater to growing demand for sanitary napkins, artificial implants, surgical goods, and other medical supplies.
Currently, US manufacturers remain key supplier for high-end products in the healthcare fabrics market. However, countries like Japan, Turkey, China are picking up manufacturing pace in this arena. For example, Japan has made promising advancements in fields like tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. However, the US manufactures continue to lead in technologies like smart wearable technology promising major growth opportunities in the healthcare fabrics market. Some key players in the healthcare fabrics market are Berry Global Group Inc. (US), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (US), Ahlstrom Munksjo OYJ (Finland), Freudenberg Group (Germany), Asahi Kasei Corporation (Switzerland).
The Healthcare Fabrics Market Report is segmented as below:
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