Hospital linen supplies include scrub wear, patient gowns, thermal blankets, hospital sheets, pediatric gowns, pillow cases, towels, surgical linen, and many other hospital supplies. Clean linen supply and management services are some of the vital elements for hospitals in providing high quality medical care to the patients. Hospital linen supply and management services plays major role in reducing infection rate, increase patient satisfaction and reduce operational costs for hospitals. Efficient supply and management of linen without any defect and delay becomes good support for hospitals to deliver satisfactory healthcare services to the patients. Medical facilities like Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and Operation Theatres (OT) demands more frequent linen supply.
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Increasing use of disposable linen and outsourcing of linen supply and services by key players stimulates the market growth of hospital linen supply and management services. The growth of hospital linen supply and management services market is also attributed to novel services provided by key players in various countries. For example, Synergy Health provides large scale linen management services in the United Kingdom and in other European regions. The company also offers distribution and collection of bulk rental service to a total linen management solution in these regions. Additionally, many hospitals provide cost effective linen processing program which will drive the market growth. For example, Angelica Corporation, a leading linen service provider to healthcare industries offer cost-effective and sophisticated linen processing and distribution program to their customers. In addition, the company also offers customized services such as baby blankets, thread count sheets and premium wash cloths for linen supply which will further increase the number of customers. Thus, these types of services will attract new customers and hence supports the market growth.
Moreover, some hospitals are contracting with third parties in order to meet increasing demand of linen supply which will further boost the utilization of hospital linen supply and management services. However, shortage of linen coupled with high cost restrains the market growth of hospital linen supply and management services globally. In addition, linen clothes demand regular laundry otherwise it may increase the chances of infections to the patients which further hampers the market growth.
Geographically, North America represents the largest market of hospital linen supply and management services. The growth is mainly attributed to the presence of key players like Angelica Corporation, ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. This factor would increase the quality of services in North America and hence drives the market growth of hospital linen supply and management services. Europe is considered as the second largest market of hospital linen supply and management services owing to increasing demand of linen supply by healthcare facilities in Europe. In addition, Asia-Pacific region is the emerging market and holds immense growth opportunities for hospital linen supply and management services because of increasing number of medical facilities coupled with development of healthcare infrastructure in Asia-Pacific region. This factor would in turn increase the demand of hospital linen supply and management services hence stimulate the market growth.
Various key players contributing to the global hospital linen supply and management services market comprises Synergy Health plc, ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., E-town Laundry Company, Angelica Corporation, Faultless Healthcare Linen, Emes Textiles Pvt. Ltd., Unitex Textile Rental Services and others.