Infection control using various sterilization techniques form a part of all healthcare settings. New methods and materials that help in sterilization have been adopted over the years. The techniques witness intense attention during the outbreaks of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. The drive for sterilization indicator tapes stems from the growing adoption of chemical and biological indicators that indicate that the process of sterilization is complete or the package has been processed.
A number of products in the sterilization indicator tape market have been developed and are being used to ensure the process is complete after employing the sterilization method. Chemical indicator tapes are used before steam or ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization and indicate the process is complete with the change of color. Other indicator tape might show some other change in biological characteristics depending on the autoclaving methods. Steam sterilization techniques or autoclaving has witnessed wide use of sterilization indicator tapes, thereby shaping the demand dynamic in the market.
Some of the key end users who influence the growth dynamics of the sterilization indicator tape market are healthcare facilities including dental offices, medical device and pharmaceutical companies.
Global concerns due the growing incidence of healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in various healthcare facilities have spurred the demand for sterilization techniques, thus driving the sterilization indicator tape market. The nosocomial infections as they are also known as may be caused by person-to-person or environmental transmission of pathogens or both. Advancements in steam sterilization practices have further played a key role in boosting the prospects of the market.
The past few years have witnessed healthcare facilities in several countries adopt reusable medical devices. Inadequate sterilization has spurred the incidence of surgical site infections, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This is a key trend bolstering the prospects of the sterilization indicator tape market. The demand stems from the trend of stringent implementation of standards pertaining to reprocessing and reuse of medical devices.
Another recent, massive impetus to the demand for products in the sterilization indicator tape market has come from the mounting risks of transmission of COVID-19 disease pathogens. Biological indicators have been extensively used in emerging economies, thereby spurring new revenue streams for players in the sterilization indicator tape market.
Lifesciences companies in the sterilization indicator tape market have been keen on expanding the assortment of tapes for meeting the demands among various end users. Particularly, many of the product portfolio include self-adhesive tapes. Top players are keen on offering customized tapes to garner revenue gains from the competitive edge they will leverage from tailored solutions. Most prominent players sterilization indicator tape market are attracting the end users by ensuring product certifications for regulatory compliance and safety.
Many of them have partnered with OEMs and are also offering sterilization equipment. They are also promoting the use of better inks for marking. A few of them are conducting extensive R&D in labels for autoclaving and are capitalizing from the widespread demand for self-adhesive, non-toxic, and chemical process indicators.
Some of the key players in the players in the sterilization indicator tape market are Shinva, Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC, Propper Manufacturing, 3M, Getinge, Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), and STERIS plc.
Asia Pacific is a promising regional sterilization indicator tape market. Rise in incidence of HAIs in healthcare facilities especially on account for growing adoption of reusable medical devices isa factor that has spurred the growth prospects. North America has been a strikingly lucrative region in the global sterilization indicator tape market. Continuous strides in the autoclaving technologies and advancements in the materials and inks used have fueled the technological advancements in the North America sterilization indicator tape market.
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