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  • Published In : Nov 2023
  • Code : CMI6247
  • Pages :150
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

The Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market size is expected to reach US$ 679.5 Million by 2030, from US$ 423.1 million in 2023, at a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period. Hospital surgical disinfectants refer to antimicrobial solutions used to clean patient skin before surgery, disinfect surgeon hands and tools, and decontaminate equipment and surfaces. They play a vital role in infection prevention and control in healthcare settings. Key drivers include the rising burden of healthcare-associated infections, increasing surgical volumes, and strong government focus on implementing sterilization standards.

The hospital surgical disinfectants market is segmented by formulation, application, end user and region. By application, the Hand Disinfectants segment accounted for the largest share in 2022. The high use of hand disinfectants for pre-operative skin disinfection of patients is driving the market growth.

Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for hospital surgical disinfectants market during the forecast period, accounting for over 42.3% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to high incidence of HAIs, established healthcare infrastructure, and rise in surgical procedural volumes in the region.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for hospital surgical disinfectants market, accounting for over 26.1% of the market share in 2022. The growth is attributed to stringent regulations regarding hospital hygiene and advancements in disinfection technologies in the region.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for hospital surgical disinfectants market, with a CAGR of over 19.7% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to improving healthcare expenditure, rising prevalence of chronic diseases requiring surgeries, and an increasing focus on infection control in healthcare settings in the region.

Analyst View’s

The market for surgical disinfectants in hospitals is increasing due to increased patient admissions and also boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the increased patient admissions and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, other factors contributing to the growth of the market for surgical disinfectants in hospitals include the growing awareness about healthcare-associated infections and the emphasis on maintaining strict hygiene protocols. Furthermore, advancements in technology have led to the development of more effective and efficient disinfectant products, further driving market demand. These advancements include the introduction of automated disinfection systems that can quickly and thoroughly sanitize large areas, reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Additionally, the implementation of stringent regulations and guidelines by regulatory bodies has also played a crucial role in driving the demand for surgical disinfectants in hospitals, as healthcare facilities strive to meet these standards to ensure patient safety.

Figure 1. Global Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Drivers

  • Rising Incidence of Healthcare-Associated Infections: The increasing incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) such as surgical site infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and bloodstream infections drives the demand for effective surgical disinfectants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year in the U.S. The high morbidity and mortality associated with HAIs is prompting healthcare settings to adopt stringent infection control programs, which is boosting the adoption of surgical disinfectants.
  • Rising Number of Surgical Procedures: The growing volume of surgical procedures performed worldwide is a key factor driving the hospital surgical disinfectants market. According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, over 15 million operating room procedures are performed annually in the U.S. The rise in surgical volumes can be attributed to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, an expanding geriatric population, rising medical tourism, and advanced surgical techniques. This creates a significant demand for surgical scrubs, disinfectants and sterilizers required to prevent microbial infections during invasive procedures.
  • Favorable Government Guidelines: Stringent safety regulations imposed by government bodies and health organizations regarding infection control and sterilization are catalyzing the hospital surgical disinfectants market growth. Regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), EPA and OSHA have mandated strict standards for product testing, labeling, worker safety and disinfection protocols to curb HAIs. Government promotion of sterilization standards and favorable reimbursement policies are also boosting adoption in healthcare settings, thereby propelling market expansion.

Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Opportunities

  • Rising Demand for Eco-friendly Disinfectants: Growing concerns regarding the toxicity and environmental impact of chemicals used in conventional disinfectants present lucrative avenues for green and sustainable alternatives. Key players are increasingly developing plant-based, biodegradable and non-toxic disinfectants using essential oils, bio-enzymes, biosurfactants, probiotics, and antimicrobial peptides. The eco-friendly formulations retain broad-spectrum antimicrobial efficacy while mitigating the adverse effects of traditional ingredients.
  • Growth Prospects in Developing Economies: Developing nations such as China, India, Brazil and Southeast Asian countries present untapped opportunities for surgical disinfectant vendors owing to improving healthcare expenditure, rising incomes and increasing awareness about HAIs. The expanding medical infrastructure and surgical procedural volumes in these regions to address the unmet clinical needs of large populations create substantial demand for effective disinfectants and sterilizers.
  • Rising Focus on Food Disinfection: The increasing focus on food hygiene and sterilization in the food manufacturing, hospitality, and catering sectors is widening the application scope for surgical disinfectants. Foodborne illnesses due to microbial contamination lead to substantial morbidity and economic losses globally. This is spurring the adoption of industrial-grade disinfectants for food contact surfaces, processing equipment, containers, tools, and flooring. The launch of disinfectant products specifically for the food industry is gaining significant traction.
  • Potential Applications in the COVID-19 Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has further intensified the focus on disinfection practices across healthcare and community settings. The rapid person-to-person transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has boosted the use of alcohol-based hand rubs and surface disinfectants in hospitals as well as public areas. Moreover, fogging applications are being widely employed for large-scale decontamination. The crucial role of surgical disinfectants in infection control during the ongoing outbreak presents potential growth opportunities.

Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 423.1 Mn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2022 Forecast Period: 2023 – 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 7% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 679.5 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East:  GCC Countries, Israel, Rest of Middle East
  • Africa:  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Application Type: Hand Disinfectants, Skin Disinfectants, Surface Disinfectants, and Instrument Disinfectants 
  • By Formulation: Ethanols, Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Aldehydes, and Phenolic Compounds
  • By End User: Hospitals and Clinics, Diagnostic Centers, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Companies covered:

3M Company, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Ecolab Inc., Steris plc, Cardinal Health, Cosmos Health Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Bio-Cide International Inc., Deepak Fertilisers, Carenow Medical Pvt. Ltd., Sonoma Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Skylar, Kinnos,  ADYTON s.r.o., SERVPRO, and Medline Industries, LP.

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Incidence of Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Rising Number of Surgical Procedures
  • Favorable Government Guidelines 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Chemicals
  • Lack of Awareness of Newer Disinfectant Technologies
  • High Costs of Newer Solutions

Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Trends

  • Advent of Robotics in Disinfection Processes: The integration of robotic solutions in disinfection workflows offers consistency, efficiency, and precision over manual techniques. Key players are incorporating ultraviolet C (UV-C) light-emitting diodes in autonomous robotic systems for terminal room and operating room disinfection. Robots enabled with UV disinfection can measure room dimensions, optimize cycle times, and provide cycle documentation. The adoption of disposable UV light robots helps avoid chemical buildup issues observed for fogging applications. For instance, on January 30, 2023, Medline Industries, LP, a private American healthcare company, announced a new partnership with Connecticut-based Integrated UVC Solutions to help healthcare providers enhance UV disinfection practices. Medline is now the exclusive distributor of the integrated surface and air room disinfection device, Spectra 1000, to healthcare providers across the continuum of care. The Integrated UVC Solutions LLC provides the Spectra 1000, which is specifically designed and proven to simultaneously disinfect both surface and airborne pathogens within minutes.
  • Growing Focus on Nanotechnology: Nanotechnology-based disinfectants using silver nanoparticles, titanium dioxide, copper oxide and zinc oxide nanostructures are gaining prominence owing to their enhanced microbiocidal potency and prolonged effect over conventional disinfectants. Nano-disinfectants act on cell membranes to destroy structural integrity and inhibit enzyme and DNA activity in microbes. Moreover, coating surfaces like medical tools, gloves, and catheters with nanosilver provides persistent antimicrobial activity.
  • Implementation of Strict Sterilization Standards: Hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are adopting more rigorous sterilization standards and protocols to minimize infection transmission risks. Improved staff training, the use of chemical indicators, better packaging practices, double sterilization of crucial devices, and routine equipment maintenance and upgrades are all necessary to comply with Joint Commission, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and other regulatory bodies' guidelines. Adoption of robust sterilization workflows and technologies is increasing to ensure patient safety.
  • Demand for Combination Formulations: Key players are developing novel combinational disinfectant formulations incorporating two or more active agents that provide synergistic antimicrobial activity compared to the individual components. Popular combination agents include quaternary ammonium compounds, hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid, hypochlorous acid and isopropanol. Combined formulations expand the disinfectant efficacy spectrum, prevent microbial resistance, and provide long-lasting residual effects on surfaces.

Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Restraints

  • Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Chemicals: Exposure to certain harsh disinfectants can pose considerable risks to patients and healthcare workers. Ingredients like chlorine, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, and phenols are linked with asthma, respiratory issues, contact dermatitis, and hypersensitivity reactions upon prolonged exposure. The rising incidence of chronic diseases compounded by disinfectant exposure is prompting healthcare settings to adopt safer alternatives, thereby restricting market growth. Due to this, key market players are working on environmentally friendly disinfectant chemicals.
  • Lack of Awareness of Newer Disinfectant Technologies: Low awareness regarding the availability and benefits of newer disinfectant technologies prevalent in developed regions curtails their adoption in developing economies. Cost-sensitive end-users often rely on conventional disinfectants and inadequate sterilization practices owing to a lack of training on appropriate product usage. Efforts are required to educate healthcare professionals regarding the superior microbial inactivation capability of novel disinfection techniques compared to traditional methods. For awareness, many market players are hiring sales person to raise awareness of the new disinfectant product door-to-door.
  • High Costs of Newer Solutions: Modern disinfection technologies and green formulations typically have a higher upfront cost compared to standard chemical disinfectants. Healthcare facilities and patients in developing nations often have budgetary constraints that limit the adoption of advanced disinfectants. Players must focus on designing economical and effective solutions catering to price-sensitive markets to increase adoption rates and maximize revenues. Major industry participants are concentrating on developing new products with lower production costs, which will eventually result in a decrease in the selling price.

Figure 2. Global Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market Share (%), by Application, 2023


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Recent Developments

New product launches

  • On September 26, 2023, Cosmos Health Inc., a diversified, vertically integrated global healthcare group engaged in innovative R&D, owner of proprietary nutraceutical brands, manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, and operator of a telehealth platform, announced the expansion of its C-Sept brand with the launch of the new C-Scrub Wash 4% CHG Biocide. Following the acquisition of Cana Laboratories ("Cana"), Cosmos Health obtained a proprietary portfolio of branded pharmaceutical, dermocosmetic, antiseptic, and food supplement products, including the C-Sept brand. The company is now announcing the expansion of the C-Sept hand antiseptic gel line with the introduction of C-Scrub, an antiseptic soap.
  • In September 2022, Deepak Fertilisers, an India manufacturer of industrial and agricultural chemicals, crop nutrients, and fertilizers, and Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd. (DFPCL), a leading producers of fertilizers and industrial chemicals, announced the launch of Cororid disinfection solutions designed to cater to the specific needs of hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and other medical and healthcare set-ups. Cororid is a certified, high-quality Iso-Propyl Alcohol (IPA) based formulation that is the world’s most preferred active ingredient in hand sanitizers and other disinfection products.
  • In June 2022, Sonoma Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global healthcare leader developing and producing patented Microcyn technology-based stabilized hypochlorous acid (HOCl) products, announced that Nanocyn hospital-grade disinfectant has been added to the list of COVID-19 disinfectants maintained by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s List N.
  • In May 2020, Skylar, a maker of scented products that are free of harmful chemicals, announced the launch of a new hand sanitizer product that is clean and effective. The sanitizer is 62 percent alcohol, which meets the CDC’s recommended level and eliminates 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria upon contact.

 Acquisition and partnerships

  • On May 2, 2023, Kinnos, the maker of Highlight, a novel technology that colorizes disinfectants, announced a US$ 15 million financing led by a group of current and former industry leaders. The company also named healthcare veteran Steve Fanning as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. This latest infusion of capital and new leadership will enable the company to rapidly scale to meet growing healthcare industry demand for Highlight, its patented portfolio of products for improving cleaning and safety by visibly coloring the disinfectants hospitals currently use.
  • In August 2022, ADYTON s.r.o., a leading provider of medical technology products, had been a primary provider of healthcare technologies for more than 53 million inhabitants in central and eastern Europe (CEE.) Intent upon bringing its safer, more effective infection prevention solutions to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, EvaClean EU Ltd. formed a strategic distribution partnership with ADYTON, formalized during a signing ceremony in Prague. Both companies are known as status quo disrupters who bring innovation to preventing serious healthcare conditions.
  • In December 2020, SERVPRO, a Blackstone portfolio company, announced the availability of ServprOXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant proven to kill 99.999% of bacteria and viruses when used as directed, for customers on Amazon Business.

Top companies in Hospital Surgical Disinfectants Market

  • 3M Company
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Steris plc
  • Cardinal Health
  • Cosmos Health Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Bio-Cide International Inc.
  • Deepak Fertilisers
  • Carenow Medical Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sonoma Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Skylar
  • Kinnos
  • ADYTON s.r.o.
  • Medline Industries, LP.

Definition: Hospital surgical disinfectants refer to antimicrobial solutions designed to prevent the transfer of pathogenic microorganisms between patients, surfaces, and medical instruments in healthcare settings. They play a critical role in infection control by disinfecting surgical instruments, equipment, surgeon hands and patient skin before invasive procedures. The use of surgical disinfectants helps lower the risk of post-operative complications and healthcare-associated infections. Key products include hand rubs, skin antiseptics, instrument detergents, and surface disinfectants containing a range of active agents like alcohols, chlorhexidine gluconate, quaternary ammonium compounds etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Health hazards associated with toxic chemicals, lack of awareness of newer disinfectant technologies, and high costs of newer solutions are the key factors for hampering growth of the hospital surgical disinfectants market.

Rising incidence of healthcare-associated infections, the rising number of surgical procedure, and favorable government guidelines are the major factors for driving the hospital surgical disinfectants market growth.

The leading application segment in the hospital surgical disinfectants market is the hand disinfectants segment. Hand disinfectants is a liquid, gel or foam generally used to kill many viruses/bacteria/microorganisms on the hands.

Major players in the hospital surgical disinfectants market are 3M Company, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Ecolab Inc., Steris plc, Cardinal Health, Cosmos Health Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Bio-Cide International Inc., Deepak Fertilisers, Carenow Medical Pvt. Ltd., Sonoma Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Skylar, Kinnos, ADYTON s.r.o., SERVPRO, and Medline Industries, LP.

North America is expected to continue leading the hospital surgical disinfectants market over the coming years owing to the high adoption of surgical disinfectants in the region.

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