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Disposable Medical Supplies


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Disposable Medical Supplies

US demand to rise 4.1% annually through 2018
US demand for disposable medical supplies will grow 4.1 percent per year to $49.3 billion in 2018. An increasing volume of patient activity attributable to an aging population, a rising incidence of medical conditions, and the extension of health insurance coverage by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 will comprise the major forces that spur growth. The US disposable medical supplies market will also benefit from a heightened focus on infection prevention throughout the health care sector. Pressures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and other medical organizations will prompt hospitals, outpatient facilities, and other health establishments to follow protocols and standards aimed at keeping patients and staff personnel safe from exposure to dangerous, potentially life-threatening pathogens during medical procedures.

Drug delivery products to remain fastest growing type
Based on an increasing number of patients who need surgery or long-term chronic care therapy, drug delivery and related products will remain the fastest expanding group of disposable medical supplies. Total US demand growth will outpace the industry average and reach $13.4 billion in 2018. Safety enhanced devices for the minimally invasive delivery of parenteral medicines, inhalation therapies, and IV and dialysis solutions will lead growth.

Disposable wound management products will register demand of $10.1 billion in 2018, up nearly as fast as the annual industry average rate of growth from 2013. Polymeric tissue sealants, along with alginate, foam, and collagen wound dressings, will realize the best growth based on enhanced safety and faster healing properties. Conversely, demand for bandages will expand at a below average pace due to limited pricing flexibility and the overall lack of proprietary types. First aid kits will fare the best among disposable wound management products, benefiting from trends promoting self-treatment. Advances in less invasive surgery will weaken the overall US market for traditional suture and staple wound closures.

Compared to disposable medical supplies as a whole, nonwoven medical disposables will see above average growth in demand. The heightened focus on infection prevention in the health care sector will boost consumption of single use, high value-added nonwoven garments and textiles by hospitals and outpatient facilities. A rising prevalence of incontinence problems attributable to the aging population trend will impact favorably on retail and institutional sales of nonwoven adult undergarments, shields, and other protective products.

The best growth in demand among other disposable medical supplies will evolve in products with enhanced infection prevention, performance, and/or cost containment benefits. Included in this group are biological sterilization indicators, intermittent urinary drainage catheters, orthopedic surgical kits and trays, polymeric surgical gloves, reinforced waste disposal containers and accessories, single use labware, and specialty surgical instruments. By contrast, changes in patient care approaches or health insurance coverage will adversely affect growth prospects for several disposables including angioplasty catheters, blood glucose test strips, and single use patient room supplies.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • Economic Factors
      • Table MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS
    • Demographic Patterns
      • Table POPULATION BY AGE GROUP
    • Trends in Health Care
      • Health Insurance & the Affordable Care Act
        • Table HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF THE US POPULATION
      • Medical Conditions
        • Table ACUTE CONDITIONS BY TYPE
        • Table CHRONIC CONDITIONS BY TYPE
      • National Health Expenditures
        • Table NATIONAL HEALTH EXPENDITURES BY SPENDING CATEGORY
        • Table CHART II-1 NATIONAL HEALTH EXPENDITURES BY SPENDING CATEGORY, 2013
        • Table NATIONAL HEALTH EXPENDITURES BY FUNDING SOURCE
      • Medical Providers
        • Table NUMBER OF HOSPITALS & HOSPITAL BEDS BY TYPE
        • Table NUMBER OF OUTPATIENT FACILITIES BY TYPE
        • Table NUMBER OF PHYSICIANS & PHYSICIANS' OFFICES
        • Table NUMBER OF SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES & SKILLED NURSING FACILITY BEDS
        • Table NUMBER OF DENTISTS & DENTAL OFFICES
        • Table NUMBER OF OTHER MEDICAL PROVIDERS BY TYPE
      • Patient Activity
        • Table HOSPITAL ACTIVITY
        • Table NUMBER OF OUTPATIENT VISITS BY PROVIDER
        • Table NUMBER OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES BY SITE
        • Table NUMBER OF DIAGNOSTIC TESTS BY TYPE
    • Medical Product Markets
      • Table MEDICAL PRODUCT DEMAND BY PRODUCT CATEGORY
      • Pharmaceuticals
      • Medical Supplies & Devices
  • RAW MATERIALS
    • General
      • Table DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES RAW MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Table CHART III-1 RAW MATERIALS DEMAND IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES BY TYPE, 2013
    • Plastic Resins
      • Table PLASTIC RESINS DEMAND IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES BY TYPE
      • Polyvinyl Chloride
      • Polypropylene
      • Low Density Polyethylene
      • Thermoplastic Elastomers
      • Acrylic
      • Polycarbonate
      • ABS
      • High Density Polyethylene
      • Thermoplastic Polyesters
      • Polyurethane
      • Other Plastic Resins
    • Nonwoven Fabrics
      • Table NONWOVEN FABRICS DEMAND IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Paper & Paperboard
      • Table PAPER & PAPERBOARD DEMAND IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Rubber Materials
      • Table RUBBER MATERIALS DEMAND IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Other Raw Materials
      • Table OTHER RAW MATERIALS DEMAND IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
  • PRODUCT OVERVIEW
    • General
    • Disposable Medical Supplies Product Groups
      • Table DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Table CHART IV-1 DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP, 2013
    • Historical Market Trends
      • Table HISTORICAL DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND, 2003-2013
    • Regulatory Considerations
      • New Product Approval Requirements
      • Health Care-Associated Infection Safeguards
      • Supply & Device Reprocessing Standards
      • Occupational Safety & Health Administration Standards
    • US Trade
      • Table US TRADE IN DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • International Markets
      • Table WORLD DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY REGION
  • DRUG DELIVERY & RELATED PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table DISPOSABLE DRUG DELIVERY & RELATED PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Table CHART V-1 DISPOSABLE DRUG DELIVERY & RELATED PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP, 2013
    • Infusion Products
      • Table DISPOSABLE INFUSION PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • IV Administration Sets
        • Table IV ADMINISTRATION SETS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Premixed IV Solutions
        • Table PREMIXED IV SOLUTIONS DEMAND BY PRODUCT
      • IV Catheters
        • Table IV CATHETERS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Other Infusion Products
        • Table OTHER DISPOSABLE INFUSION PRODUCTS DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Hypodermic Products
      • Table DISPOSABLE HYPODERMIC PRODUCTS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Prefillable Syringes
        • Table PREFILLABLE SYRINGES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Clinical Hypodermic Syringes
        • Table CLINICAL HYPODERMIC SYRINGES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Clinical Hypodermic Needles
        • Table SEPARATELY SOLD CLINICAL HYPODERMIC NEEDLES DEMAND
    • Inhalation Products
      • Table DISPOSABLE INHALATION PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Prefillable Inhalers
        • Table PREFILLABLE INHALERS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Oxygen Therapy Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE OXYGEN THERAPY SUPPLIES DEMAND
      • Anesthesia Disposables
        • Table ANESTHESIA DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Nebulizers & Accessories
        • Table DISPOSABLE NEBULIZERS & ACCESSORIES DEMAND
      • Disposable Humidifiers
        • Table DISPOSABLE HUMIDIFIERS DEMAND
      • Other Disposable Inhalation Products
        • Table OTHER DISPOSABLE INHALATION PRODUCTS DEMAND
    • Disposable Dialysis Products
      • Table DISPOSABLE DIALYSIS PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Disposable Hemodialysis Products
        • Table DISPOSABLE HEMODIALYSIS PRODUCTS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Peritoneal Dialysis Products
        • Table DISPOSABLE PERITONEAL DIALYSIS PRODUCTS DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Transdermal Patches
      • Table TRANSDERMAL PATCHES DEMAND
  • DISPOSABLE WOUND MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS
    • General
      • Table DISPOSABLE WOUND MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Table CHART VI-1 DISPOSABLE WOUND MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP, 2013
    • Wound Closures
      • Table WOUND CLOSURES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Sutures
        • Table SUTURES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Surgical Staples & Disposable Stapling Devices
        • Table SURGICAL STAPLES & DISPOSABLE STAPLING DEVICES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Tissue Sealants
        • Table TISSUE SEALANTS & ADHESIVES DEMAND
      • Other Wound Closures
        • Table OTHER WOUND CLOSURES DEMAND
    • Disposable Bandages
      • Table DISPOSABLE BANDAGES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Adhesive Bandages
        • Table ADHESIVE BANDAGES DEMAND
      • Adhesive Tapes
        • Table ADHESIVE TAPE DEMAND
      • Cast Bandages & Accessories
        • Table CAST BANDAGES & ACCESSORIES DEMAND
      • Gauze Bandages
        • Table GAUZE BANDAGES DEMAND
      • Pads & Compresses
        • Table PADS & COMPRESSES DEMAND
      • Other Disposable Bandages
        • Table OTHER DISPOSABLE BANDAGES DEMAND
    • Wound Dressings
      • Table WOUND DRESSINGS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Biological & Synthetic Wound Dressings
        • Table BIOLOGICAL & SYNTHETIC WOUND DRESSINGS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Nonadherent Wound Dressings
        • Table NONADHERENT WOUND DRESSINGS DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Other Disposable Wound Management Products
      • Table OTHER DISPOSABLE WOUND MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • First Aid Kits
      • Medical Sponges
      • Medical Cotton Goods
  • NONWOVEN MEDICAL DISPOSABLES
    • General
      • Table NONWOVEN MEDICAL DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
    • Disposable Nonwoven Medical Garments & Textiles
      • Table DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN MEDICAL GARMENTS & TEXTILES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Table CHART VII-1 DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN MEDICAL GARMENTS & TEXTILES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP, 2013
      • Disposable Nonwoven Gowns
        • Table DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN GOWNS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
        • Table DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN SURGICAL GOWNS DEMAND
        • Table DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN PATIENT GOWNS DEMAND
      • Disposable Nonwoven Surgical Drapes
        • Table DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN SURGICAL DRAPES DEMAND BY APPLICATION
      • Disposable Nonwoven Face Masks
        • Table DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN FACE MASKS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Other Disposable Nonwoven Medical Garments & Textiles
        • Table OTHER DISPOSABLE NONWOVEN MEDICAL GARMENTS & TEXTILES DEMAND BY TYPE
    • Disposable Incontinence Products
      • Table DISPOSABLE INCONTINENCE PRODUCTS DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Disposable Incontinence Adult Undergarments
      • Disposable Incontinence Adult Shields
      • Disposable Incontinence Underpads
      • Furniture Protection Products
  • OTHER DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • General
      • Table OTHER DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Table CHART VIII-1 OTHER DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP, 2013
    • Infection Prevention Supplies
      • Table INFECTION PREVENTION SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Sterilization Supplies
        • Table STERILIZATION SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
        • Table STERILE CONTAINERS DEMAND BY TYPE
        • Table STERILIZATION WRAP DEMAND BY TYPE
        • Table STERILIZATION INDICATORS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Medical Gloves
        • Table DISPOSABLE MEDICAL GLOVES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
        • Table DISPOSABLE EXAMINATION GLOVES DEMAND
        • Table DISPOSABLE SURGICAL GLOVES DEMAND
      • Disposable Waste Disposal Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE WASTE DISPOSAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
    • Diagnostic & Laboratory Disposables
      • Table DIAGNOSTIC & LABORATORY DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Disposable Diabetes Testing Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE DIABETES TESTING SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Disposable Blood Collection Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE BLOOD COLLECTION SUPPLIES DEMAND
      • Disposable Labware
        • Table DISPOSABLE LABWARE DEMAND
      • Disposable Diagnostic Catheters
        • Table DISPOSABLE DIAGNOSTIC CATHETERS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Other Diagnostic & Laboratory Disposables
        • Table OTHER DIAGNOSTIC & LABORATORY DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
    • Surgical Disposables
      • Table SURGICAL DISPOSABLES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Disposable Procedural Kits & Trays
        • Table DISPOSABLE PROCEDURAL KITS & TRAYS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Surgical Catheters
        • Table DISPOSABLE SURGICAL CATHETERS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Surgical Instruments
        • Table DISPOSABLE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Plastic Surgical Drapes
        • Table DISPOSABLE PLASTIC SURGICAL DRAPES DEMAND
    • All Other Disposable Medical Supplies
      • Table ALL OTHER DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY PRODUCT GROUP
      • Disposable Patient Room Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE PATIENT ROOM SUPPLIES DEMAND
      • Disposable Urinary Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE URINARY SUPPLIES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Ostomy Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE OSTOMY SUPPLIES DEMAND BY TYPE
      • Disposable Enema Supplies
        • Table DISPOSABLE ENEMA SUPPLIES DEMAND
  • MARKETS
    • General
      • Table DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY MARKET
      • Table CHART IX-1 DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND BY MARKET, 2013
    • Hospital Market
      • Table HOSPITAL DEMAND FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Consumer & Home Health Care Markets
      • Table CONSUMER & HOME HEALTH CARE DEMAND FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Outpatient Markets
      • Table OUTPATIENT FACILITIES DEMAND FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
      • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
      • Urgent Care Centers
      • General Medical Clinics
      • Other Outpatient Facilities
    • Physicians' Office Market
      • Table PHYSICIANS' OFFICE DEMAND FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Nursing Home Market
      • Table NURSING HOME DEMAND FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Dental Office Market
      • Table DENTAL OFFICE DEMAND FOR DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES
    • Other Markets
      • Table DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES DEMAND IN OTHER MARKETS
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table US DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES (DMS) SALES BY COMPANY, 2013
    • Market Share
      • Table CHART X-1 DISPOSABLE MEDICAL SUPPLIES US MARKET SHARE, 2013
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Licensing & Related Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Research & Development
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Manufacturing
    • Company Profiles
      • Abbott Laboratories
      • Ahlstrom Corporation
      • Ansell Limited
      • Bard (CR) Incorporated
      • Baxter International Incorporated
      • Becton, Dickinson, and Company
      • Boston Scientific Corporation
      • Braun (B.) Melsungen AG
      • Cardinal Health Incorporated
      • ConvaTec Incorporated
      • Covidien plc
      • GlaxoSmithKline plc
      • Hospira Incorporated
      • Johnson & Johnson
      • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
      • Medline Industries Incorporated
      • Medtronic Incorporated
      • Novartis AG
      • Smith & Nephew plc
      • Smiths Group plc
      • STERIS Corporation
      • Svenska Cellulosa AB
      • Teleflex Incorporated
      • Terumo Corporation
      • 3M Company
    • Additional Companies in the Disposable Medical Supplies Industry

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