Medical tubes are usually a small plastic tube inserted into the body through the mouth, nose or through any cut in the skin. These tubes are used to deliver oxygen, anesthesia, drugs or any other fluid into the patients’ body. Owing to the increasing number of minimally invasive surgeries and usage of medical devices that requires medical tubing. Hence, the manufacturers are focusing on the advancement of tubing functionality such as the number of lumens, deflection capability, and steerability. For instance, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, there were 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2016. Moreover, medical tubing is mostly used for respiratory and fluid management process in a patient’s body.
The structure of the tube becomes more complex with decrease in size of the tube. Therefore, to satisfy the demand for medical tubing in various applications, the medical tubes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The manufacturers are also focusing on advancement of the materials that are used for the preparation of medical tubing, as it varies with application and chemical nature of the drug. The materials used for the preparation of medical tubes include polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polycarbonate (PC), bioabsorbable polymers, polyester, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE). Moreover, if the material used for medical tubing is incompatible, it can lead to number of problems such as chemical alteration of drugs and medicines. Also, incompatible tube materials might lead to the binding of chemical or drug to the wall of medical tube resulting in failure of drug delivery to the patient.
Furthermore, the features of medical tubing changes depending on the specific application of these tubes in the healthcare sector. Opacity is an important feature of the tubes that are used to handle fluid delivery, in order to track fluid movement and air bubbles in the system. Another important feature of medical tubing is sterility, as it is used for medical application. Non-sterile medical tube could lead to infection, as the medical tubes are inserted into the patient’s body.
Medical Tubing Market Dynamics:
Rising number of admissions in the intensive care units is expected to boost the market growth. Drug delivery through medical tubes for patients who cannot take the drugs orally also foster growth of medical tubing market. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in 2015, it was estimated that acute injury and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) are major disorders responsible for ICU admissions. According to the results of Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD), in 2014, a multinational study to find prevalence of COPD reported that the prevalence of COPD in Germany was 5.9%, 19.1% in South Africa, and 11.9% in Mexico City of the total country’s population.
Moreover, rise in geriatric population suffering from slow recovery process of various chronic diseases is expected to augment growth of the global medical tubing market. For instance, according to the National Council of Aging, in 2014, around 80% of the adults in the U.S. suffered from at least one chronic condition.
The increasing usage of medical tubing in IVs, catheters, peristaltic pumps, and biopharmaceutical laboratory equipment are expected to foster the medical tubing market growth. As, according to Surgical Endoscopy Journal in 2013, surgeons are using minimally invasive surgical techniques, primarily laparoscopy, and robotic surgery to perform procedures that were previously done as open surgery. For instance, surgeons perform cholecystectomy, laparoscopically in around 96% of the cases in the U.S., which supports the increasing preference for minimally invasive surgeries and is expected to fuel growth of the global medical tubing market.
Medical Tubing Market - Regional Insights
On the basis of region, the global medical tubing market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. North America holds a dominant position in the global medical tubing market and is expected to retain its dominance over the forecast period. This is owing to the rising number of patient admissions in emergency wards due to critical health conditions and severe injuries that require external support for survival. For instance, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine, in 2015, over 5.7 million patients were admitted in the intensive care units (ICU) in the U.S. for intensive or invasive monitoring, airway support, stabilization of chronic medical problems, and breathing disorders.
Furthermore, Asia Pacific is expected to witness a significant growth in the market, owing to developments in healthcare infrastructure, rising awareness among patients and manufacturers, and development of innovative and cost-effective solutions. In August 2017, the Tekni-plex had started a new production manufacturing site in China near Shanghai to satisfy the rising needs of the Asia Pacific pharmaceutical and medical device market.
Medical Tubing Market - Competitive Landscape
The manufacturer of medical tubing are involved in acquisition to expand the product portfolio, for instance in April 2018, Tekni-Plex, Inc. acquired Dunn Industries to expand its extruded medical tubing portfolio. As Dunn Industries are known for the company’s tight tolerance, small diameter medical tubing, this could help the Dann Industries to reach out to new geographic regions.
Some of the key players operating in the medical tubing market include Zeus Industrial Products, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Teleflex, Optinova, Lubrizol Corporation, Nordson Corporation, Putnam Plastics, RAUMEDIC AG, Tekni-Plex, and W. L. Gore & Associates.
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