The patient lateral transfer is to move patients between two surfaces such as transferring patient from bed to stretcher, from stretcher to bed, from bed to wheelchair, etc. However, physically transferring a patient poses a high risk for both the patient and the caregiver.
For caregivers, it can lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs). Hence, there are various products available to perform lateral transfer of patients easily such as draw sheets, slide sheets, transfer belts, transfer/slide boards, turning disks, etc. These products can be used according to the condition of the patient.
To avoid any injuries and risk to both the caregivers and patients, hospitals have started using patient lateral transfer devices or products. Manufacturers of these lateral transfer products are also focusing on designing the products that can provide better transfer assistance to the patient and at the same time minimize the efforts by caregivers. With technological advancements, major market players have also started developing automated devices that can move the patient without any manual assistance providing the patient transfer. However, the cost of these patient transfer devices is the biggest concern.
According to the latest report compiled by Fact.MR, the global market for patient lateral transfer is likely to experience healthy growth. The market is estimated to bring in US$ 288.4 million revenue by 2022 end. The rising risk of injuries to the caregivers while handling patients, implementation of rules and regulations on minimizing manual patient handling at various hospitals are major factors driving the demand for patient lateral transfer devices across the globe.
Air Assisted Transfer Device to Emerge as a Highly Preferred Product
Among various patient lateral transfer devices available in the market, air assisted transfer device is likely to be one of the top selling product in the global patient lateral transfer market. Towards the end of 2022, air assisted transfer device is estimated to bring in nearly US$ 200 million revenue. Although slide sheets as a product for patient lateral transfer are likely to show impressive growth throughout the forecast period.
Reusable Patient Lateral Transfer Products to Gain Highest Revenue Share Reusable patient lateral transfer products are likely to gain more than three-fourth of the revenue share by 2017 end. Reusable patient lateral transfer products are estimated to bring in more than US$ 200 million revenue towards 2022 end. Meanwhile, single patient use products are likely to experience strong growth from 2017 to 2022.
North America to Dominate the Global Patient Lateral Transfer Market
With the rise in a number of caregivers suffering from Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), the majority of hospitals in North America have started using various patient lateral transfer products, making it easy to transfer patients. Hence, North America patient lateral transfer market is likely to emerge as the biggest markets in the global patient lateral transfer market. On the other hand, APEJ and Europe are also likely to witness the growth throughout the forecast period.
The report also provides a detailed profile of key players that are expected to play a major role in the expansion of global patient lateral transfer market through 2022, which include Airpal, Inc., Getinge AB, Stryker Corporation, Medline Industries, Inc., McAuley Medical, Inc., Sizewise Rentals, LLC, EZ Way, Inc., Alimed Inc., Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., and Blue Chip Medical Products, Inc.