Body pressure has been recognized as the most important extrinsic factor involved in the development of pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcer is a localized injury of the skin and/or underlying tissue resulting from an external mechanical load by our body, applied to soft biological tissues. The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) classified pressure ulcers into four categories namely stage I (non-blanchable erythema), stage II (abrasion or a blister), stage III (uperficial ulcer) and stage IV (deep ulcer). Stage IV is considered as the most crucial pressure ulcer that can create emergency medical conditions. Pressure ulcers can be prevented by a number of support surface devices that include cushions, mattresses, specialty beds and overlays. The pressure relief devices market is experiencing significant growth owing to rising number of patients diagnosed with pressure ulcers coupled with growing geriatric population. In addition, availability of technologically advanced pressure relief devices such as dynamic air therapy mattresses also accentuates the growth of this market. However, technical complexity, requirement of skilled personnel and high cost of the devices are some of the factors restricting the demand of pressure relief devices to some extent.
Low-tech devices or static support devices are preferably used to reduce the pressure on the skin and tissue experienced by patients due to their body weight. Factors such as prevention of ulcer, cost effectiveness and easy operability are fueling the growth of the low-tech devices segment. Thus, owing to the above mentioned factors low-tech devices segment dominated the global pressure relief devices market in 2013. The low-tech devices segment has been sub-segmented into foam based mattresses, gel filled mattresses, air filled mattresses, and others. Foam based mattresses are used to reduce the development of pressure ulcers. In addition, cost effectiveness, easy availability, low technical complexity and higher comfort are some of the prominent factors that propel the uptake of these mattresses.
Geographically, North America accounted for the largest market share in the global pressure relief devices market in 2013 and is expected to grow at a steady growth rate during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. The dominance of this region was mainly due to increasing prevalence of pressure ulcers and rising demand for various advanced mattresses. For instance, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) stated that around 2.5 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with pressure ulcers every year. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth rate during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. Increasing geriatric population in few Asian countries and rising disposable income are the major factors expected to drive the market in Asia-Pacific.
Moreover, owing to the presence of vast opportunities for pressure ulcer products companies operating in this market have adopted distribution and partnership strategies to gain market share. For instance, in September 2011, Talley Group Limited collaborated with an India-based medical bed frame manufacturer, Janak Healthcare Private Ltd. Major market players operating in this market include ArjoHuntleigh, AB (Innova Extra mattress), Covidien plc (Wings quilted premium under pads), Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NP50 Prevention Surface), Invacare Corporation (Invacare Softform Excel Mattress), Stryker Corporation (PositionPRO), Talley Group Limited (QUATTRO PLUS) and Paramount Bed Holdings Co., Ltd. (Accumax mattress).
Pressure ulcer is a localized injury of the skin and/or underlying tissue resulting from an external mechanical load by the body, applied to soft biological tissues. Body pressure has been recognized as the most important extrinsic factor involved in the development of pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcer can be classified as non-blanchable erythema (stage I), abrasion or a blister (stage II), superficial ulcer (stage III) and deep ulcer (Stage IV). Pressure ulcers are also called as bed sores or decubitus ulcers are majorly observed in geriatric people and patients (acute respiratory patient) who spend extended period of time on bed. Pressure ulcers can be prevented by a number of support surface devices that include cushions, mattresses, specialty beds and overlays. This report studies the current scenario as well as future market potential for pressure relief devices globally. This report comprises an elaborate executive summary, which includes a market snapshot that provides market dynamics of various segments and sub-segments that are included in the report in a precise manner. Moreover, executive summary comprises waterfall diagram which is drawn that reflects the market size of various segments in descending order.
The market overview section of the report comprises qualitative analysis of the overall pressure relief devices market considering the factors determining the market dynamics such as drivers, restraints and opportunities, along with Porter’s five force analysis and market attractiveness analysis. In addition, value chain analysis has also been provided. Value chain analysis includes the study of major steps involved in the pressure relief devices preparation and distribution.
On the basis of types, the global pressure relief devices market is categorized as low-tech device and hi-tech devices. Moreover, foam based mattress, gel filled mattress, air filled mattress and others are considered as low-tech devices. Likewise, kinetic bed and dynamic air therapy bed are included in the hi-tech device. The market for these types has been extensively analyzed on the basis of factors such as usage pattern, sales revenue, geographic presence and technological developments. The market size and forecast in terms of revenue (USD million) for each of these devices have been provided for the period 2012 to 2020, considering 2013 as the base year. The report also provides the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for each segment for the forecast period 2014 to 2020.
Geographically, the pressure relief devices market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). The market size and forecast for each region has been provided for the period 2012 to 2020, in terms of origin, types and applications, along with the CAGR (%) for the forecast period 2014 to 2020. The study also includes qualitative analysis of the competitive scenario of the global players.
The report also provides a section on the competitive landscape, wherein the market share analysis of leading players in the global pressure relief devices market, in terms of percentage share in 2013 has been discussed. A list of recommendations has also been included for new entrants as well as existing market players to help them establish a strong presence in the market and increase their market share. The report concludes with the profiles of major players in the global pressure relief devices market such as ArjoHuntleigh, AB (Innova Extra mattress), Covidien plc (Wings quilted premium under pads), Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NP50 Prevention Surface), Invacare Corporation (Invacare Softform Excel Mattress), Stryker Corporation (PositionPRO), Talley Group Limited (QUATTRO PLUS) and Paramount Bed Holdings Co., Ltd. (Accumax mattress). The major market players are evaluated on various parameters such as company overview, financial overview, product portfolio, business strategies and recent developments.
The global pressure relief devices market is segmented as follows:
- Global Pressure Relief Devices Market, by Device Types
- Low-tech Device
- Foam Based Mattress
- Gel Filled Mattress
- Air Filled Mattress
- Other Mattress
- Hi-tech Device
- Kinetic Bed
- Dynamic Air Therapy Bed
- Low-tech Device
- Global Pressure Relief Devices Market, by Geography
- North America
- Rest of the World