Surgical drapes are used to drape a surgical patient to eliminate the risk of surgical site contamination by separating the surgical site from the remaining part of the patient’s body, as well as from non-sterile areas of the surgical table. Surgical drapes provide protection from various sources of contamination growing or originating from within an organism such as skin flora, which is one of the leading causes of surgical site infection.
Surgical drapes are available in different shapes, ranges, and sizes. Surgical drapes are used for several applications from securing the patient body to covering utilities. Operations and medical examination needs isolation of the surgical site from the remaining patient body parts to prevent them from getting affected. Demand for surgical drapes is increasing due to rising patient pool, growing awareness about spread of infection, rising hygiene awareness, and technological innovation. Increasing prevalence of diseases is driving demand for more technologically efficient products. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), one in 20 patients get affected by hospital acquired infection. Out of 4.1 million patients in the European Union, approximately 37,000 deaths occur due to such infections.
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The surgical drapes market can be segmented based on type of surgical drape, usability, end-user, and region. In terms of type of surgical drape, the market can be segmented into incise, laparoscopy, laparotomy, leggings, lithotomy, sheets, and others. Sheets can be further classified into plain sheet, minor sheet, split sheet, and thyroid sheet. Laparoscopy drapes abdominoperineal resection with the pt in lithotomy position. Based on usability, the surgical drapes market can be segmented into disposable and reusable. The disposable segment is expected to capture the major share and expected to grow during the forecast period as these are cost efficient. Considering total cost, disposable drapes tend to prove less expensive than reusable drapes, which involve overhead costs such as sterilization and laundering. In terms of end-user, the surgical drapes market can be segmented into hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers, and others.
Geographically, the surgical drapes market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to account for the major share of the market due to increasing technological advancements and rising demand for hygiene products. The surgical drapes market in Europe is expected to be driven by increasing demand for barrier protection gowns to avoid cross contamination in an infected area. Surgical masks need to meet a predefined set of the EN 14683 standard in Europe. According to this standard, surgical mask is defined as a medical device, which reduces the risk of transmission of infection between health care personnel and patient. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow during the forecast period due to increasing government initiatives. The Government of India has allowed 100% FDA for technical textiles, which include nonwoven medical disposable products such as gowns and drapes. This initiative has resulted in increased participation from major manufacturers such as Ahlstrom, Johnson & Johnson, and DuPont. According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil, use of nonwoven masks, gowns, and drapes is a must to prevent the spread of infectious diseases while treating patients. This is expected to propel the surgical drapes market in Latin America during the forecast period.
Major players operating in the surgical drapes market include 3M Health Care, Medline Industries, Inc., Cardinal Health, Medica Europe BV, Mölnlycke Health Care, Paul Hartmann AG, and Synergy Health plc.
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