Wound Dressings – Healing Treatment Across the Continuum
Diabetes UK estimates that diabetic patients are 30 times more likely to have an amputation compared to general population. With such high probability, a large number of amputation surgeries are witnessed each year, subsequently requiring effective wound dressing to prevent infection post-surgery. Wound dressings are broadly classified into three categories, namely active, passive, and interactive dressings. While passive wound dressings have protective function, active wound dressings promote healing by creating a moist wound environment. Thus, demand for advanced wound dressings such as hydrogels and foams would subsequently increase. Interactive dressings on the other hand, create a moist wound environment and also interact with the wound bed components to enhance wound healing. Dressings such as hydrogels and alginates require secondary dressing, as they are permeable and non-occlusive. Composites multi-layer dressings are relatively expensive and can be used for primary and secondary wound dressing. The global wound dressings market is expected to be driven by increasing demand for advanced wound dressings.
The global wound dressings market was valued at US$ 8,269.5 million in 2015 and is expected to witness a moderate CAGR of 6.0% during the forecast period (2016 – 2024).
High patient pool to contribute towards positive global wound dressings market outlook
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetic foot ulcers have been estimated to affect 1% to 4% of diabetic population annually in the U.S. Besides, according to Diabetes UK, prevalence of diabetic foot ulcers in diabetic patients is estimated to be 2.5%, accounting for nearly 86,000 people in the U.K. in 2015. Moreover, according to the organization there are nearly 7,400 leg, foot or toe amputation procedures every year in England. The American Journal of Internal Medicine estimates that nearly half of the diabetic population in Canada have at least one hospitalization in their lifespan for treatment of diabetic foot infection.
According to the World health Organization (WHO), there are nearly 265,000 deaths globally every year due to burns. Moreover, as per WHO, over 100,000 people in India suffer from burns every year, while burns are the second most common injury in Nepal accounting for 5% of disabilities.
Considering the high prevalence and incidence rate, market players have opportunities to capitalize on different patient groups in the wound dressings market.
High cost of products impeding wound dressings market growth
According to 2015 report by The College of Podiatric Medicine, 9%-20% of patients in the U.S. with diabetic foot ulcers require hospitalization. Furthermore, the report states that cost of treatment of diabetic foot ulcer increase with age and the cost of treatment with advanced wound dressings sometimes may be double than conventional wound dressings. Higher cost of treatment with advanced wound care is also associated with comorbidities associated with diabetic foot ulcer. Moreover, according to WHO, burn injuries are more prevalent in low and middle income countries. Therefore, companies need to accordingly develop cost-effective products that cater the large patient population in low and middle income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Wide availability of affordable products would fuel growth of the wound dressings market in these regions during the forecast period.
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