Wireless foetal monitoring systems (WFMS) are medical devices intended to be used for monitoring of maternal and fetal activities such as fetal heart rate (FHR) and intra-uterine pressure (IUP) during pregnancy through labour and delivery. The device consists of an ultrasound doppler, transducers and sensors. The use of wireless foetal monitoring systems has been increased tremendously due to their advantages over conventional cable monitors. WFMS have helped doctors to get rid of electrical cables, which used to interfere medical procedures and typically get in the way of the patient wearing them. Additionally, cables limit the mobility of the patient and cause discomfort. WFMS perform superior to portable doppler ultrasound (US) transducers and tocodynamometers (TOCO) as well especially in monitoring the activities in pregnant women with high body mass index (BMI). Ability of wireless fetal monitoring systems to monitor physiological parameters for twins and triplets simultaneously outclass them from conventional cabled fetal monitors.
Wireless fetal monitoring systems allow ppatients more freedom to walk and move around during the procedure of delivery which gives them more satisfaction with labour process, a key driver for market growth. Additionally, increased space in labour room has made the job of clinicians easy, a major reason to shift from cabled to wireless monitors. The broad range of applications such as monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate of mother and foetus and intra uterine pressure is again a contributor to the growth of the market. Their ability to detect the vital signs simultaneously for multiple is a clear advantage over cabled monitors. Their availability at affordable prices have also added to the growth. However, complex interface associated with use of WFMS may limit the market growth.
Global wireless fetal monitoring systems market has been segmented on the basis of application, end user and region.
Based on the application, the wireless fetal monitoring systems market is segmented into:
Cardiotocography, Fetal Distress Syndrome
Based on the end user, wireless fetal monitoring systems market is segmented into the following:
Hospitals, Gynecological/Obstetrics clinics
The global wireless fetal monitoring systems market is highly consolidated. GE Healthcare and Philips are the major multi-national players. Acquisition is the key strategy of to grow in the market as recently cited by GE Healthcare by acquiring Monica Healthcare and AirStrip acquiring Sense4Baby.
Geographically, wireless fetal monitoring systems market is segmented into regions viz. North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific excluding Japan, Japan, Middle East and Africa. North America and Europe will remain key markets for wireless fetal monitoring systems market due to presence of key players in the region. Asia Pacific registered strong growth in 2010 in fetal monitoring market but the market is shrinking due to drastic decrease in birth rate. China, Japan and Korea, however may witness strong growth as birth rates are expected to rise due to government initiatives to support family growth. The market is also expected to grow in African countries due to government initiatives and funding from major philanthropists such as Gates Foundation.
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The key players in the global wireless fetal monitoring systems market include GE Healthcare, Philips, OBMedical, Huntleigh, Sunray, Biocare, Dixion, Airstrip, Creative Medical, Ambisen, Unicare and Comen.
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