Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Steam Autoclave Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020

Autoclave is a device that sterilizes instruments using steam under pressure. Autoclaves are widely used commercially as well as in-house across the world. These are the metallic cylindrical vessels that provide physical method of sterilization of the equipment. Autoclaves works by inactivating or killing transmissible agents (such as bacteria, viruses and fungi) by means of steam, heat and pressure to sterilize equipment. Sterilization of equipment by steam autoclaves is a safe, fast and convenient option for sterilizing laboratory glassware, diagnostic equipment, surgical instruments and biomedical wastes. Autoclaves vary in function and size depending upon the media to be sterilized. Stages of operation in autoclave include air removal, steam admission (in the range of 121C-134 C) and sterilization cycle (heating, holding/exposure and cooling). Sterilization indicators (i.e. biological, chemical and physical indicators) are used to maintain correct temperature during the sterilization process.
The autoclave market is witnessing rapid growth as this device is reliable and requires low capital investment for installation in medical institutes such as hospitals and laboratories. For instance, HS44 series autoclave, designed by Getinge Group is an ideal option for sterilizing instruments in heath care centers and clinics. These autoclaves provide faster service and low cost compared to other sterilizing equipment. In addition, increasing demand of healthcare services and aging population will further propel the global steam autoclave market. According, to the World Health Organization (WHO) it has been estimated that the global elderly population is expected to reach around 2 billion by 2050; this was around 524 million in 2010. Moreover, the global geriatric population is expected to grow at the fastest rate in developed countries such as Italy, Germany, the U.K., the U.S. and Japan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 40 million people in the country belonged to the elderly category in 2011. Around 89 million people are estimated to be beyond the age of 65 years by 2050. However, steam can only sterilize surfaces it can be in contact with and increases the chances of improper sterilization that might hinder the demand of steam autoclave sterilizers. In addition, this technology is not preferred for sterilization of rubber, plastic, volatile liquids and radioactive materials. These factors collectively may hinder the growth of this market. Key players such as Getinge Group (HS44 Series) and STERIS Corporation (Getinge 433 HC) are major market players of the steam autoclaves market.
Geographically, North America dominates the global steam autoclaves market. The major factors influencing the steam autoclaves market growth in this region are technological advancements. In addition, rising number of hospital-acquired infections in the North American region further boosts the market of steam autoclaves in this region. Europe is considered as the second largest market of steam autoclaves. For instance, in September 2013, New York State Department of Health, Albany revealed that hospital-onset Clostridium difficile Infections (CDI) rate was 8.3 infections per 1,000 patients admitted in New York state hospitals in 2012. Consistent rise in demand of sterilization procedures coupled with rising initiatives by various healthcare organizations to develop this market will drive the growth of seam autoclaves market in Europe. Asia-Pacific is considered as the emerging market of steam autoclaves due to increasing awareness about the importance of sterilization among the people.
Some of the companies competing in steam autoclaves market are Getinge Group, Johnson and Johnson, Cantel Medical Corp., 3M Healthcare, STERIS Corporation, Belimed AG, Kimberly Clark Corporation, CISA Group, Nordion, Inc., SAKURA SI CO., LTD. Synergy Health plc and others.

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