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Published Date: 2015-03-23Number of Pages: 106

Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market (By Design Type: Simple and Complex; By Mechanism: Positive, Negative and Neutral Displacement; and By Dwell Time: 7 Days and Other than 7 Days) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020

 
Conventional needle based I.V. catheters, administration sets, and syringes are used for intravenous administration of fluids. However, use of needle based IV systems give rise to needlestick injuries to healthcare workers leading increased incidences of blood borne infections. Therefore, needleless connectors were introduced in 1980s to enhance the safety of healthcare workers. As a result, rate of needlestick injuries decreased significantly in later years. However, eventually it was observed that the use of needleless connectors lead to augment the risk of catheter related blood stream infections. Thus, various designs and mechanisms are introduced to resolve the problems associated with needleless connectors and catheter related blood stream infections. Needleless connectors provide convenience to the nursing staff in administering medication and drawing blood from the attached catheter, thus, these products are widely used in healthcare settings such as acute care hospitals where intravenous administration of medication and blood withdrawal is necessary during the course of treatment offered.  
 
The global acute care needleless connectors market has been segmented based on the type of mechanism. Positive fluid displacement connectors segment accounted for the largest market share of around 34% in 2013. Dominance of this segment was mainly attributed to low cost of the commercially available positive fluid displacement needleless connectors. However, suspected link of positive fluid displacement connectors with increased rate of catheter related blood stream infection is anticipated to limit the growth of this market during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. 
 
The commercially available needleless connectors are majorly of two types, simple and complex. Simple needleless connectors are less expensive as they have fewer parts compared to complex needleless connectors. In addition, simple connectors do not have internal moving parts thus offering straight fluid pathway. Whereas, complex connectors have internal mechanical valves that leads to non-straight fluid pathway. Complex needleless connectors market was dominant in terms of revenue in 2013 majorly due to higher cost of these devices and large availability of products with mechanical valves in the market. However, increasing incidences of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) and catheter lumen occlusion due to the use of complex needleless connectors, the demand for simple needleless connectors is likely to grow rapidly during the forecast period between 2014 and 2020. 
 
Based on dwell time, the global acute care needleless connectors market has been segmented into 7 days connectors and other than 7 days connectors. The other than 7 day needleless connectors segment is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Since, these connectors are available at a cheaper rate and offer added credibility of reduced risk of CRBSI infection rate than the 7 day needleless connectors. 
 
Geographically, North America is leading the global acute care needleless connectors market. High awareness among healthcare practitioners, improved healthcare infrastructure and rapid growth in aging population are the major factors driving the market in North America. Furthermore, Asia Pacific is anticipated to show significant growth in the forecast period owing to increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, growing number of hospitals and healthcare facilities, and geographical expansion of market players in India, China, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Key players mapped in the report include, Baxter International Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Becton Dickinson and Company, CareFusion Corporation, ICU Medical Inc., Nexus Medical LLC, RyMed Technologies LLC, and Vygon SA.

 
Against the backdrop of reported links between needleless connectors and a heightened risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections, market participants need to maintain a sharp focus on innovative, improved designs to fortify their market shares. This is precisely what the report on the acute care needleless connectors market delves into. This intelligently-compiled study takes a multi-pronged approach to shed light on and compare the trends, opportunities, restraints and drivers in the acute care needleless connectors market. 
 
The forecast period of the study ranges from 2014 to 2020, with 2013 being the base year whereas 2012 has been considered as the historical year. The size of all segments and sub-segments studied in the report is dominated in USD million. The report on the acute care needleless connectors market also provides projected CAGR for each segment analyzed. 
 
The acute care needleless connectors study segments the market on the basis of design types, mechanism, dwell time, and geography. While the executive summary section of the report offers a comprehensive market snapshot and a succinct comparative analysis of the regional markets for 2013, the market overview taps the many trends and dynamics that prevail in the market. Impact factors for the acute care needleless connectors market are studied via tools such as Porter’s five forces analysis and an attractiveness analysis study. A heat map analysis as well as market share analysis will further aid buyers to make informed decisions in the acute care needleless connectors market.
 
Overview of the Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market 
 
Ever since they were introduced in the 1980s to safeguard healthcare workers from needlestick injuries, needleless connectors have been widely adopted worldwide. While this helped rein in the number of blood borne infections seen among healthcare workers, another complication sprung up: Needleless connecters were seen to cause catheter-related bloodstream infections. This prompted companies and healthcare agencies alike to invest appreciable time and money in design-related R&D for needleless connectors.
 
Even as the use of needleless connectors continues to show an upward graph, newfangled designs fuel this growth. The report segments the global acute care needleless connectors market by mechanism type into: positive, neutral and negative displacement. The segment of positive fluid displacement connectors was the single-largest in the market, with a 34% share as of 2013 given its low costs and ease of commercial procurement. Moving forward, this segment will lose momentum because positive fluid displacement connectors present a greater risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections. 
 
The report also segments the acute care needleless connectors market by type into complex and simple. While the simple variant is relatively easy to use and offers a straight pathway to fluids because of the absence of any internal moving parts, complex connectors feature mechanical valves that can control the pathway of fluids. Although the latter were dominant in the acute care needleless connectors market in 2013, the future belongs to simple needleless connectors. That’s because complex needleless connectors have been linked to catheter lumen occlusion – a concern that will drive more consumers toward simple needleless connectors.
 
By dwell time, the acute care needleless connectors market is segmented into 7-day connectors and connectors that have a dwell time of more than 7-days. The latter will exhibit the highest CAGR through the report’s forecast period because they do not carry a high risk of CRBSI and are cheaper.
 
High healthcare-related awareness and advanced infrastructure in North America makes this region the largest market for acute care needleless connectors. Growth in the acute care needleless connectors market is picking up in Asia Pacific and this market will show the highest CAGR over the report’s forecast period. Expansion will be especially evident in China, India, Australia and other countries in South East Asia.
 
Companies Mentioned in the Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market
 
With innovation being pivotal to success in the acute care needleless connectors market, companies are continually channelizing funds toward R&D initiatives. The performance and market position of each key player in the acute needleless connectors market has been studied in the Company Profiles section of the report. Profiles include: CareFusion Corporation; Baxter Healthcare Corporation; Becton, Dickinson and Company; RyMed Technologies; B. Braun Medical, Inc.; Vygon SA; ICU Medical; Nexus Medical LLC.
 
The global acute care needleless connectors market has been segmented as follows: 
 
Global Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market, by Design Types
  • Simple
  • Complex
Global Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market, by Mechanism
  • Positive Fluid Displacement 
  • Negative Fluid Displacement 
  • Neutral Fluid Displacement 
Global Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market, by Dwell Time 
  • 7 Days 
  • Other than 7 Days
Global Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market, by Geography
  • North America
    • By Design Type
      • Simple Connectors
      • Complex Connectors
    • By Mechanism
      • Positive Displacement
      • Negative Displacement
      • Neutral Displacement
    • By Dwell Time
      • Seven Day
      • Other than Seven Day
  • Europe
    • By Design Type
      • Simple Connectors
      • Complex Connectors
    • By Mechanism
      • Positive Displacement
      • Negative Displacement
      • Neutral Displacement
    • By Dwell Time
      • Seven Day
      • Other than Seven Day
  • Asia-Pacific
    • By Design Type
      • Simple Connectors
      • Complex Connectors
    • By Mechanism
      • Positive Displacement
      • Negative Displacement
      • Neutral Displacement
    • By Dwell Time
      • Seven Day
      • Other than Seven Day
  • Rest of the World 
    • By Design Type
      • Simple Connectors
      • Complex Connectors
    • By Mechanism
      • Positive Displacement
      • Negative Displacement
      • Neutral Displacement
    • By Dwell Time
      • Seven Day
      • Other than Seven Day
Major geographies analyzed under this research report are: 
  • Europe
  • North America 
  • Asia-Pacific 
  • Rest of the World 
This report gives you access to decisive data such as:
  • Market growth drivers 
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends 
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years 
Key highlights of this report
  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth 
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements 
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors 
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments 
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis 
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segment 


 
 
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