Nutrition is one of the most vital elements needed for maintaining health and in the 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 deliverance of nutrients straight 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 an 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)
The increase in the geriatric population and rise in the number of preterm births has led to the rise of the patients requiring enteral feeding devices. Additionally, higher occurrence of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases, and neurological disorders, coupled with the rising need for patients’ ease throughout hospitalization and recent technological innovations, are some of the key factors fuelling the growth of the global enteral feeding devices market. Complexities associated with the use of these devices, severe policies for compensation in underdeveloped and developing economies, and existence of low-cost local competition are some of the factors restraining the market growth.
Enteral feeding devices Market Taxonomy
On the basis of product type, the global market is classified into:
On the basis of age, the global market is classified into:
On the basis of end user, the global market is classified into:
By product type, enteral feeding pumps held the maximum share and is likely to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecasted period. The demand for such products is typically generated by the geriatrics patients, who are unable to consume food for many possible reasons. Pediatric patients also use enteral feeding pumps extensively. A rising number of hospitals as well as ambulatory care centers are adopting enteral nutrition as an efficient method for providing clinical nutrition. These factors in turn are fuelling the growth of the enteral feeding devices market.
In terms of geography, North America held the largest share in the enteral feeding devices market, followed by Europe. Asia-Pacific is likely to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. The presence of a large customer base, rising geriatric population as well as rising prevalence of chronic diseases are some of the factors that are expected to boost the market in this region.
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Growing number of hospitals as well as ambulatory care centers are implementing enteral nutrition process as an effectual method of clinical nutrition. Moreover, 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. 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 the global enteral feeding devices industry.
The enteral feeding devices market is highly consolidated at the top. Small players operating at regional as well as local levels are giving tough competitions to the leading players on the basis of cost. In order to be relevant in the market, leading players are developing new technologies on a continuous basis in order to enhance their product portfolios.
Some of the companies operating in the enteral feeding devices market in the current scenario are Halyard Health, Inc. (U.S.), Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA (Germany), Abbott Laboratories (U.S.), B. Braun Melsungen AG (Germany), Covidien PLC (Ireland), Cook Medical (U.S.), C. R. Bard, Inc. (U.S.), Nestlé S.A (Switzerland), Moog, Inc. (U.S.) and ConMed Corporation (U.S.).
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