Increased focus on reducing toxic hospital waste to maintain the health of environment
The Reprocessed Medical Devices Market was valued at US$ 1,054.6 million in 2016 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 20.4% during the forecast period (2017–2025), as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights. Increase in focus on reducing toxic hospital waste is expected to support the growth of reprocessed medical devices market.
The reprocessing is an important part of the medical device life cycle in both developed and emerging nations across the world. Reprocessing of medical devices includes disinfecting, remanufacturing, sterilizing and packaging as well as labeling for reuse. It is observed that reprocessing of medical devices in economies such as Brazil, Russia, and India is solely aimed at reducing hospital supply costs.
The growth inhibiting factors of reprocessed medical devices market such as increase in inclination of market players towards eco-friendly solutions, compromise with patient safety, as sometimes healthcare professionals feel that use of reprocessed medical device may create harmful effect to the patient. Various key players such as ReNu Medical, Inc., HYGIA Health Services are involved in sustainable waste reduction programs and promotion of healthcare and environmental campaigns by the government in an endeavor to strengthen their position and establish an evident presence in the global reprocessed medical devices industry. This technology ensures the proper sterilization of healthcare equipment that would help in reducing the healthcare associated infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 75,000 deaths caused per year in the U.S. due to healthcare associated infections. Employing the advanced sterilizing procedure would help in reduction of the mortality rates caused as a result of infections due to contaminated tools and equipment.
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Dumping landfills with single-use plastic devices is a threat to the environment. Depletion in the toxic waste produced by the hospitals is expected to drive growth of the reprocessed medical devices market during the forecast period. According to the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (AMDR), an estimated 2 million tons of hospital waste is generated in the U.S. annually. Such medical waste can produce carcinogens. Lack of biodegradable materials leads to high dependency on plastic and other artificial polymers to produce medical devices. However, use of reprocessed medical devices is expected to provide sustainable alternative to reduce medical waste. Initiatives by several environmental regulatory bodies to influence the use of reprocessed medical devices are driving growth of the global reprocessed medical devices market. For instance, the European Commission’s 7th Environment Action Programme initiated in November 2013, involved promotion of reprocessed medical devices used in incineration in hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory surgical centers.
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