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Urine bags help in collecting urine from the bladder attached to the other end of a catheter. These bags are used for patients suffering from urinary incontinence, retention or spinal cord injury, which requires use of a urinary catheter. There are two types of urine bags: leg bags and bed side urine bags. Urinary catheters are used for patients suffering from urinary incontinence and other urological disorders. The types of urinary catheter include, Foley catheter, intermittent catheter, and external catheter.

The global disposable incontinence products market is estimated to account for US$ 9,367.1 Mn in terms of value in 2018 and is expected to reach US$ 13,939.9 Mn by the end of 2027.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market: Drivers

Increasing number of orthopedic procedures is expected to propel growth of the disposable incontinence products market over the forecast period. For instance, according to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 1,432,491 hip and knee arthroplasty procedures were performed worldwide in 2018.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market: Opportunities 

Development of novel coatings that are effective against catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for players in the market. For instance, in July 2019, researchers from Nottingham University reported development of a Bactigon, a new family of biomaterials that have a major impact against antimicrobial resistance.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market: Restraints

Urinary tract infections associated with catheters are expected to hinder growth of the market. For instance, according to the study, ‘Prevalence of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Neurosurgical Intensive Care Patients – The Overdiagnosis of Urinary Tract Infections’, published in the journal Cureus in August 2019, 52.38% of the adult patients in the study with indwelling urinary catheters suffered infection at the sputum.

Key Takeaways:

Protective Incontinence Garments segment in the global disposable incontinence products market was valued at US$ 7,739.4 Mn in 2018 and is expected to reach US$ 11,528.4 Mn by 2027 at a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period. Protective incontinence garments are widely used products and there are variety of products available in this segment. Presence of number of alternative options, and low costs is expected to support growth of the segment over the forecast period.

The Super Absorbents material segment held dominant position in the global disposable incontinence products market in 2018, accounting for 36.7% share in terms of value, followed by cotton fabrics and latex, respectively. Super absorbent polymers are capable of absorbing 300 times their weight in aqueous fluids. Moreover, they do not release the liquids subsequently which makes them an ideal material for incontinence products manufacturing.

The home care segment held dominant position in the global disposable incontinence products market in 2018, accounting for 45.9% share in terms of value, followed by pharmacy & drug store, and online channels, respectively. Adult population with kidney diseases, and other diseases who are unable to move freely are potential consumers of incontinence products which is expected to support growth of the segment over the forecast period.

Market Trends

The preference for pull-up pants, pads, and liners is high. These disposable incontinence products are typically used by customers who stay at home and pursue an active lifestyle.

Key players in the market are focused on product launch to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in October 2019, CATHETRIX launched the world's first Foley catheter stabilizer that actively prevents possible damage to the bladder and urethra from accidental urinary catheter extraction.

Regulations

Regulations for protective garments for incontinence in the U.S.

  • A protective garment for incontinence is a device that consists of absorbent padding and a fluid barrier and that is intended to protect an incontinent patient's garment from the patient's excreta. This generic type of device does not include diapers for infants.
  • Class I (general controls): The device is exempt from the premarket notification procedures in subpart E of part 807 of this chapter subject to the limitations in 876.9
    • The device is also exempt from the current good manufacturing practice requirements of the quality system regulation in part 820 of this chapter, with the exception of 820.180, regarding general requirements concerning records, and 820.198, regarding complaint files

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market: Competitive Landscape

Major players operating in the global disposable incontinence products market include, Unicharm Corporation, Paul Hartmann AG, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Medtronic PLC, ConvaTec Inc., Theos Medical Systems, Inc., Abena Group, SCA Hygiene Products AB, Medline Industries, Ontex International N.V., C. R. Bard, Inc. (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Mega Soft (Fujian) Hygiene Products Co., Ltd., Fujian Yifa Healthcare Products Co., Ltd., and Fujian Hengan Group Ltd.

Global Disposable Incontinence Products Market: Key Developments 

October 2019: Modibodi, a leak-proof underwear brand, launched MO, a new range of moisture-wicking underwear for men, designed to manage daily incontinence and sweat

November 2019: Nexwear.com launched a new line of stylish disposable incontinence products for men and women

Segmentation

  • By Product Type
    • Protective Incontinence Garments
      • Cloth Adult Diaper
      • Disposable Adult Diapers
      • Disposable Protective Underwear
      • Disposable Pads and Liners
        • Bladder Control Pads
        • Male Guards
        • Incontinence Liners
      • Belted and Beltless Under Garments
      • Disposable Underpads/Sheet
    • Urine Bags
      • Leg Urine Bags
      • Bedside Urine Bags
    • Urinary Catheter
      • Foley Catheter
      • Intermittent Catheter
      • External Catheter
  • By Material
    • Plastic
    • Cotton Fabrics
    • Super Absorbents
    • Cotton Fiber
    • Latex
  • By Distribution Channel
    • Institutional Sales
      • Hospitals
      • Long Term Care Centers
      • Nursing Facilities
    • Retail Sales
      • Pharmacy & Drug Stores
      • Home care
      • Online & E-commerce
  • By Region
    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Middle East
    • Africa
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