Enteral Feeding Devices Market - Insights
Nutrition is one of the most vital elements needed for maintaining health, management and prevention of various diseases. Nutritional support is given to people who are unable to get sufficient nourishment through diet (eating or drinking). Enteral feeding is the delivery of nutrients directly into the digestive tract through a tube. This tube is generally placed into the duodenum, jejunum or stomach through mouth, nose or through percutaneous route. Enteral feeding is used to feed individuals who are unable to get adequate diet through oral intake either from food or nutritional supplements, or patients who cannot eat/drink safely. The process of enteral feeding is commonly used in patients with dysphagia (impairment of drinking, eating, and/or swallowing). Increasing geriatric population and rising number of preterm births has led to the rise of patients requiring enteral feeding devices. In addition to this, high prevalence of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and neurological disorders, coupled with rising need for patients’ ease throughout hospitalization, and recent technological innovations are some of the key factors fuelling global enteral feeding devices market growth.
Increasing geriatric population and rise in adoption of enteral feeding devices will drive the overall enteral feeding devices market
Growing number of hospitals as well as ambulatory care centers are implementing enteral nutrition process as an effective method of clinical nutrition. The enteral feeding devices market is observing a growing adoption of innovative, user-friendly and safety systems that minimize complexities such as tube dislodgements, misconnections, tube blockage, and respiration. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, patients in the U.S. received tube feeding in about 245,000 hospital stays, in 2012. Moreover, around 15% of those enteral feeding procedures were for children and newborns. A number of manufacturers in the market are increasingly implementing patient safety techniques including unique connection systems to prevent misconnections of feeding tubes and patient friendly characteristics, which include programming options, portable feeding pumps, multiple languages, programmable flushing intervals, history of previous feed rates, occlusion pressure alarm options, and screen as well as program lock-out features to avoid manipulation. These factors are likely to promote greater adoption of technologically innovative enteral feeding devices in turn driving the global enteral feeding devices market growth. Enteral feeding devices market is fairly consolidated in nature with presence of small players operating at regional as well as local levels.
The global enteral feeding devices market size was US$ 2,279.7 million in 2017, and is expected to witness a robust CAGR of 6.4% over the forecast period (2018–2026).
Figure No.1: Global Enteral Feeding Devices Market Share, By Region (%), 2018 - 2026
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Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer and gastrointestinal disorders is further expected to increase demand for enteral feeding
Incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases such as mouth cancer, head, and neck cancers, esophageal cancer, and other gastrointestinal diseases is on the rise, which is expected to support the global enteral feeding devices market growth over the forecast period. For instance, according to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), head and neck cancer is the sixth-most common cancer worldwide, with around 630,000 new patients diagnosed and over 350,000 deaths every year, in 2015. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the incidence of oral cancer is within top 3 of all cancers in some Asian Pacific countries, 2018. Increasing geriatric population and rising number of initiatives by government and non-governmental organizations such as Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) are expected to create a highly conducive environment for effective treatment of such conditions (cancer), which in turn is expected to support global enteral feeding devices market growth. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, 14.7 million adults were diagnosed with ulcer in digestive tract in the U.S., comprising 6% of the total adult population. Moreover, according to American Cancer Society’s estimation for 2018, suggests that 9,220 new cases of colon cancer is expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. Increasing number of patients with gastrointestinal tumor is also adding to patient pool that could require enteral feeding as an effective nutritional support. These factors are expected to support global enteral feeding devices market growth over the forecast period.
Figure No.2: Global Enteral Feeding Devices Market Share, By Product Type (%), 2018 - 2026
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However, certain complications associated with enteral feeding such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, malabsorption, pulmonary aspiration, tube malposition, tube clogging, and others may affect the use of enteral feeding, thus hamper the market growth. Complexities associated with the use of these devices, stringent policies for compensation in underdeveloped and developing economies are some of the factors restraining the market growth.
Some of the major players operating in the global enteral feeding devices market include Halyard Health, Inc., Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Abbott Laboratories, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Medtronic Plc, Cook Medical, C. R. Bard, Inc., Nestle Health Science, Moog, Inc., and ConMed Corporation.
Enteral feeding is preferred over parenteral nutrition as enteral feeding uses the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and is less likely to lead to infection. However, enteral feeding can only be opted if the gastrointestinal tract is working well. There are different types of feeding schedules such as intermittent or bolus and continuous. Intermittent tube feedings are given over short periods of time at regular intervals throughout the day, often at regular meal times. Whereas, continuous tube feedings are given at a steady rate for as many hours as needed. Cyclic tube feeding is an alternative to continuous tube feeding, given at a faster rate over a shorter period of time. It is given at the same time each day for a fixed duration. Cyclic tube feeding, if done overnight (for 8 to 12 hrs at night when the patient is sleeping) is known as nocturnal feeding. Cyclic tube feeding is helpful for people adjusting to an oral diet. It can be used to supplement an oral diet if one cannot eat enough. Cyclic tube feeding is highly convenient, in cases where tube feeding during the day is not feasible due to any reasons such as treatment. Versatility in treatment (enteral feeding) with the help of these devices is further expected to support global enteral feeding devices market growth over the forecast period.
Strategic partnership and acquisitions among key players, launch and approval of novel products, and increasing prevalence of various chronic diseases such as cancer and gastrointestinal diseases is expected to boost global enteral feeding devices market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in 2015, Medtronic plc acquired Covidien and in 2014, Medela acquired the enteral feeding assets of Acacia, Inc., U.S.-based company, that designs and produces a line of high quality neonatal feeding devices. Such organic as well as inorganic strategies would support global enteral feeding devices market growth over the forecast period. Moreover, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), around 17,650 new esophageal cancer cases in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed (13,750 in men and 3,900 in women) by 2019. These factors are expected to support the global enteral feeding devices market growth over the forecast period.
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