Medical air refers to a clean supply of compressed air in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Sterilized medical air plays a vital role in preventing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Moreover, lack of medical air sterilization makes patients susceptible to various diseases such as pneumonia, and flu. For instance, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), January 2018, around 1 in every 25 patients in a hospital on a given day acquires at least one HAI in the U.S. Therefore, high prevalence of HAI is a major factor propelling demand for medical air sterilizers.
Medical Air Sterilizer Market – Driver
Growing awareness about HAIs is expected to boost growth of the medical air sterilizer market. For instance, according to National Centre for Disease Control 2017, in India, policies are guidelines such as guidelines for prevention and control of infections, guidelines for sterilization and disinfection, and antimicrobial use guidelines are to be implemented strictly in hospitals to minimize risk of spreading hospital acquired infections. These policies are practiced and monitored by the Hospital Infection Control Team (HICT) and Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC) and audited periodically.
Medical Air Sterilizer Market – Restraint
However, lack of hygienic practices and maintenance of hospitals are major factors hindering growth of the market. For instance, according to an article published in National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) 2016, overcrowding in hospitals, limited hospital resources, lack of proper training and education is expected to limit growth of the medical air sterilizer market.
Medical Air Sterilizer Market – Regional Analysis
On the basis of region, the global medical air sterilizer market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
North America is expected to hold a dominant position in the medical air sterilizer market, owing to increasing use of air sterilizers by hospitals with latest features such as activated carbons, and U.V. lamps. For instance, Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers of U.S., are capable of treating a wide range of airborne contaminants, including allergens, chemicals, volatile organic compounds, bacterias, mycotoxins, and odors by medical-grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, activated carbons, and germicidal U.V. lamps.
Furthermore, Middle East is expected to witness significant growth in the market, owing to increasing in improvements in healthcare sector. For instance, according to an article published in NCBI 2017, governments and private sectors are focusing in up gradation of hospitals, and clinics, due to high rates of illness and mortality rates in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries which is creating need for medical air sterilizers.
Asia Pacific is also attributed to grow in medical air sterilizer market during the forecast period, owing to increasing number of startups in medical air sterilizer system development. For instance, Biomoneta, founded in 2014, is an India-based startup focused on developing a device to extract and kill microbes in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Key players operating in the global medical air sterilizer market include, Steris PLC, Advanced Sterilization Products Services Inc., Getinge AB, Anderson Products, TSO3 Inc., 3M Company, MMM Group, Belimed AG, Cantel Medical Corp., and SAKURA SI CO., LTD.
Medical Air Sterilizer Market – Taxonomy
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