Patient injuries will continue to be on the rise, and this will impact the patient handling equipment market. It is expected that by 2024, occupational hazards and workplace accidents among other health conditions will make patients rely more on patient-handling equipment than ever. This development will yield a revenue of up to $23.4 billion for the patient handling equipment market by then.
A recent research conducted by Global Market Insight reveals that prevalent injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders and lower back pain among others will trigger an increase in the use of patient handling medical equipment.
Examples of Patient Handling Equipment for Caregivers
Some of these patient-handling equipment will include:
- Ceiling patient lift
- Electric wheelchairs
- Medical beds
- Mechanical and transfer equipment
- Ambulatory Aids
- Bathroom safety supplies
Patient-handling equipment is necessary because moving and handling injured and debilitated patients should be with minimal efforts. Within operating theaters, for instance, ceiling patient lift and other equipment would come handy with much ease to both patient and medical staff. Moving patients should be safe and easy, and patients should feel comfortable and dignified when being moved or transferred from one point to the other.
Government Legislation for Safe Patient-Handling Programs Will Drive the Market
There will be increased use of patient-handling equipment at private homes, hospitals, nursing homes for the elderly, hospices for the terminally ill, and in intensive care units. This market growth in the use of patient-handling machines is fueled by rising geriatric population and implementation of government legislation for safe patient-handling programs.
The use of patient-handling equipment on a global level will cover four broad areas of care.
These are –
- Bariatric care
- Fall prevention
- Critical care
- Wound care
This classification is based on the fact that geriatric populations are prone to arthritis, stroke, cardiovascular disease, falls, and other accident injuries. All things being equal, the medical beds and patient handling market will meet the care needs of elderly patients and the younger generation.
It should be pointed out that whether for home care setting or for hospital intensive care needs, use of ceiling patient lift among other patient handling equipment will be on the increase. This makes the financial outlook for the market bright over the 2024 forecast period. Manufacturers and vendors, as well as caregivers, are already gearing up for market expansion – all in a drive to support critically ill patients.
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