Reprocessing has always been an important part of the medical device life cycle, in both developed and emerging nations across the world. Reprocessing of medical devices is a method of cleaning, disinfecting, testing, remanufacturing, sterilizing and packaging as well as labeling of a used, expired and undamaged medical device to make it patient ready at a much-reduced cost.
According to the report, the primary factor driving the reprocessed medical devices market’s growth is the increasing demand for the employment of cost-saving measures in the medical devices industry. A large number of healthcare organizations are already pushing for higher levels of recycling and reprocessing medical devices in an attempt to save on medical costs and expenditures. At the same time, these bodies are also acting in response to the growing pressure exerted by governments regarding the amount of medical waste currently generated. There is a marked increase in the number of initiatives taken by government organizations in the field of waste management, and support for the global reprocessed medical devices market is one of them.
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Other significant factors promoting the global reprocessed medical devices market include the advancements in technologies that allow a better quality of reprocessed devices. This driver is applicable especially to North America.
According to the Association of Medical Device Reprocessors, a standard hospital or healthcare organization in the world can manage to generate savings of at least US$500,000 and up to US$2 mn annually, with the help of reprocessed medical devices.
The report also signals users of the various restraints that might affect the market’s growth in the near future. Of these, the most prominent inhibitor is the significantly lower level of awareness of quality reprocessed medical devices. Another hindrance to the global reprocessed medical devices market is the negative perception of patients as well as medical organizations toward reprocessing.
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In terms of devices, the global reprocessed medical devices market is largely propelled by the cardiovascular devices segment, which is showing the fastest growth rate among all device types, for the given forecast period. This segment owes its growth rate to a higher rate of use and the improving quality of cardiovascular reprocessed devices.
North America dominated the global reprocessed medical devices market in 2013, due to early implementation of favorable policies and government incentives. Similar features can be seen in the European reprocessed medical devices market. Both developed regions are facing major constraints due to the rapidly increasing cost of administering medical attention.
The key players in the reprocessed medical devices market are ReNu Medical, Inc., Centurion Medical Products Corp., Hygia Health Services, Inc., MidWest Reprocessing Center, SterilMed, Inc., Medline ReNewal, SureTek Medical, Stryker Sustainability, and Vanguard AG.