Medical ultrasonic probe covers are commonly used in invasive ultrasound procedures such as transvaginal examination, transrectal examination, prostate biopsy, and others to reduce the risk of microbial contamination. Ultrasonic probe covers can be of two types on the basis of material: latex and latex-free probe covers. Latex probe covers fit tightly over the probe tip and are extended over the entire wand-like projection of the probe. Latex-free probe covers usually come with a sterile gel packet and are available in a variable sizes and shapes to suit the requirement of the ultrasound procedure. Ultrasonic probe covers can be sterile as well as non-sterile. Sterile probe covers are required in invasive ultrasonic procedures such as in biopsy of prostate and ovary since the probe comes in contact with bodily fluids and may cause microbial infection.
The global medical ultrasonic probe covers market is estimated to be valued at US$ 201.9 million in 2021 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period (2021-2028).
Figure 1. Global Medical Ultrasonic Probe Covers Market Share (%), By Region, 2021
The increasing incidence of hospital acquired infection and chronic diseases is expected to drive the growth of the global medical ultrasonic probe covers market over the forecast period.
For instance, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation report 2019, the global prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) increased from 271 million in 1990 to 523 million in 2019. The same source also stated that the number of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases increased from 12.1 million in 1990 to 18.6 million in 2019, globally.
Furthermore, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2017–18 National Health Survey, around 1.2 million adults of age 18 and above suffered from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in Australia during 2017 to 2018.
|Base Year:||2020||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 201.9 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017 to 2020||Forecast Period:||2021 to 2028|
|Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR:||5.8%||2028 Value Projection:||US$ 299.8 Mn|
Cardinal Health, CIVCO Medical Solutions, Parker Laboratories, Inc., Karex Berhad, PDC Healthcare, Medline Industries, Advance Medical Designs, Inc., Sheathing Technologies, Inc., Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Fairmont Medical, Nissha Co., Ltd., PROMECON GmbH, McKesson Corporation, Palmedic B.V., Total Vein Systems, IMA-X, Vygon SA, DCC plc, Mermaid Medical, Safersonic, Premier Guard International Ltd., and Ecolab Inc.
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Figure 2. Global Medical Ultrasonic Probe Covers Market Value (US$ Mn), By Material, 2021
The market players are focusing on inorganic business strategies such as acquisitions, partnerships, facility expansion, and others to strengthen their global presence, this is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.
For instance, in March 2017, CIVCO Medical Solutions, a U.S. based medical instruments manufacturer announced the expansion of its imaging business segment in Coralville and Kalona, two cities situated in Iowa, U.S. This expansion is expected to create 25 new jobs and construction of around 10,000 square feet of new office space.
Moreover, in November 2020, Aspen Surgical Products, Inc., a U.S. based medical products company acquired Protek Medical Products, Inc., a global manufacturer of sterile ultrasound needles and ultrasound probe covers to expand its medical ultrasonic probe cover product portfolio.
Global Medical Ultrasonic Probe Covers Market – Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus) emerged from Wuhan, China in December 2019 and was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), which designates this SARS-CoV-2 infection as novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). COVID-19 has spread across the globe infecting more than 150 million population leading to more than three lakh deaths. The impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare domain is huge and it has significantly disrupted the healthcare industry’s entire supply chain, from raw materials to manufacturing and delivery. However, innovations in the field of ultrasonic probe covers to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 infection is expected to aid in the growth of global medical ultrasonic probe covers market during the pandemic.
For instance, in February 2021, the University of Texas, Dallas invented the novel mechanism for applying the sterile cover to the ultrasound probes in the emergency room to avoid COVID-19 infection spread. The mechanism involves a cup holder that is placed on a portable ultrasound machine which can be used by the healthcare professionals can lock the ultrasound probe into the device. This allows them to put a sterile probe cover on the ultrasound probe easily without assistance, hence reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 amongst healthcare workers. The cup-like structure used to hold the probe is made of a flexible material which can be used to move the probe in any direction and install the cover without touching any non-sterile surfaces.
Global Medical Ultrasonic Probe Covers Market Restraint
The lack of awareness about ultrasonic probe covers amongst medical professionals and high prevalence of latex allergy are the factors that are expected to hinder growth of the global medical ultrasonic probe covers market over the forecast period.
Major players operating in the global medical ultrasonic probe covers market include Cardinal Health, CIVCO Medical Solutions, Parker Laboratories, Inc., Karex Berhad, PDC Healthcare, Medline Industries, Advance Medical Designs, Inc., Sheathing Technologies, Inc., Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Fairmont Medical, Nissha Co., Ltd., PROMECON GmbH, McKesson Corporation, Palmedic B.V., Total Vein Systems, IMA-X, Vygon SA, DCC plc, Mermaid Medical, Safersonic, Premier Guard International Ltd., and Ecolab Inc.
An ultrasonic probe cover is a physical barrier which is used during ultrasound procedure to avoid cross contamination. Some of the ultrasound procedures which involve the use of ultrasonic probe covers include endocavity exam, general purpose exam, and surgical-intraoperative procedures. In an endocavity exam ultrasound is used to get endovaginal and endorectal images. In general purpose exam the ultrasound is used directly on the skin of the patient and surgical-intraoperative procedures are carried out in the operating room. Ultrasonic probes must always be covered with latex sheath for diagnostic scanning in case of non-interventional transvaginal or transrectal exams. Interventional endocavity ultrasound procedures such as prostate biopsies, ovarian biopsies, egg retrieval, and others require the probe sheath or cover to be sterile as the probe may be in contact with the vascular system of the patient. Usage of sterile probe covers give an advantage of protection against microbial contamination that may happen in the course of the ultrasound examination. If a patient is allergic to latex, a latex free probe cover may be used during ultrasound procedures. Latex free probe covers also provide comfort to the patient during invasive ultrasound scanning. Latex free probe covers are made of materials such as polyethylene and polyurethane.
The increasing incidence of hospital acquired infections, rising research and development activities for the development of more effective medical ultrasonic probe covers, and increasing adoption of inorganic growth strategies such as acquisitions, partnerships, collaborations, and mergers by key players operating in the market, are the major factors that are expected to drive growth of the global medical ultrasonic probe covers market over the forecast period.
For instance, according to the data published in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2018, around 5% to 47% of invasive ultrasound procedures in the U.S. did not use high level disinfection or sterilization which may increase the risk of hospital acquired infections such as pseudomonas infection, human papilloma virus (HPV), hepatitis B, staphylococcus infection, and others.
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