Patient positioning helps to provide easier access to the area being operated. Positioning of the patient can have significant effects on surgery results. A minor changes in positioning can have negative effects, including dips or spikes in blood pressure, breathing problems, and cardiac problems. Patient positioning devices is a valuable consideration in dental and medical instruments, mainly for radiotherapy and imaging. Patient-positioning systems are required in MRI systems, extra-oral dental scanning instruments, PET scanners, CT scanners, and other medical instruments. It helps in ensuring high quality imaging with clearer information eventually helping to achieving accurate diagnoses. Increasing healthcare spending and technological advancements in the healthcare infrastructure to meet the rising medical needs of patients is expected to drive growth of the global patient positioning devices market.
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Increasing number of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and kidney disorders requiring diagnostics and surgeries is the major factor driving growth of global patient positioning devices market. According to CDC report 2016, number of cancer cases are projected to increase by around 2 million annually by 2020. According to National Council on Aging statistics 2017, eighty percent of adults age 65 or more have at least one chronic diseases, whereas 68% have two or more. According to National Health Council 2014 data, chronic diseases affect nearly 133 million U.S. population, accounting for more than 40% of the total population. It is expected to surpass 157 million, with 81 million having multiple conditions by 2020. Furthermore, increasing investment in the healthcare infrastructure for establishing technologically advanced equipment and devices in hospitals and clinics is expected to drive the market growth. Health care sector in the developing economies is experiencing substantial growth over last decade, in order to improve the quality of health infrastructure and address health service capacity gaps. For instance, according to World Bank data 2013, health care expenditure in MENA is projected to reach US$ 144 billion by 2020.
Increasing number of surgeries due to high prevalence of chronic diseases is expected to fuel market growth
Increasing number of surgeries due to high prevalence of chronic diseases is expected to be a major factor driving growth of global patient positioning devices market during the forecast period. According to World Health Organization (WHO) report, around 23.6 million new cases of cancer are projected to be reported worldwide by 2030. High prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer and kidney disorders demand for increasing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures including radiation therapy. For instance, according to National Kidney Foundation data 2015, 10% of the population is affected by chronic kidney disease worldwide.
According to study published by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in 2014, robotic assisted surgeries showed 6.6% injury rate, signifying risk associated with robotic surgery. Positioning injuries are identified in open surgery, however laparoscopic surgery experience increased risk. However, pelvic surgeries, both laparoscopic and open can experience higher neurologic damage due to autonomic nerve disruption from surgical dissection, improper lithotomy positioning, and incorrect placement of retractors. Though incidence rates for injuries are low it offers a great market opportunity for developing equipment aimed at eliminating these injuries.
Technological advancements in the field of patient positioning to accelerate the market growth
Latest surgical procedures such as minimally invasive and robotic surgery face various challenges in positioning the patient safely and providing adequate access to the surgical site. Increasing number of robotic surgeries requiring more specific positioners has spurred the patient positioning devices market growth. For instance, D.A. Surgical TrenGuard is one of the most efficient and effective patient positioning system in the market. Sports medicine utilizes a wide range of patient positioning equipment including distraction devices for arthroscopic procedures and small-incisions. For instance, knee surgery, one of the most frequent sports-related surgery, relies majorly on distraction devices compared to manual manipulation of the limb. Advancements in the medical field provide better and new hospital equipment for complex surgeries. Operating table is one of the most vital factor in the field of surgery. An ergonomic design of the patient positioning equipment is projected to minimize the risk injuries and increase workflow efficiencies along with providing accurate delivery of prescribed radiation doses. However, implementation of US Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) in the U.S. from 2018 can impede market growth. Importers and manufacturers of taxable medical devices will be subjected to 2.3% tax on the U.S. sales.
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Key players operating the global patient positioning devices market include Alvo, Civco Radiotherapy, C-Rad, Dexta, Eschmann Equipment, Elekta AB, Getinge AB, GE Healthcare, Hill-Rom, Inc., Innovative Medical Products, Inc., Leoni AG, Merivaara Corp., Medifa-Hesse GmbH & Co. Kg, Mizuho OSI, Opt Surgisystems S.R.L, Mediland Enterprise Corporation, Schuremed, Smith & Nephew PLC, Span America Medical Systems, Inc., Steris PLC, Stryker Corporation, Skytron, and Xodus Medical Inc.