According to a research report from Markets and Markets, the global infection control market will reach $16.7 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period (2015 to 2020). The report list the key factors driving the market as the rising aging population, prevalence of chronic diseases, increase in the number of surgeries performed, and the rise in hospital-acquired infections.
The report divides the market into two product segments – disinfection and sterilization. While the disinfection market is further divided into disinfectors, disinfectants, endoscope preprocessor, medical non-wovens, and disinfectant wipes, the sterilization market includes heat sterilization, low temperature sterilization, and filtration sterilization. End users of the products include hospitals, life sciences, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, and food industry.
According to the report:
- The endoscope reprocessing market and the low temperature sterilization market is expected to grow at a highest CAGR of 9%–10% during the forecast period.
- The UV rays disinfector is the fastest growing segment in the disinfectors market.
- The disinfection market is expected to see strong growth, especially in developing countries, with the rising preference for single-use technology products like medical non-wovens and face masks.
- Among end users, the medical device companies segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during 2015-2020.
The report notes that stringent regulations and saturation in developed economies may restrict the growth of the infection control market to certain extent.
Bacteria, fungi and viruses are responsible for many infectious diseases. Infection control in healthcare settings is crucial to prevent the transmission of diseases such as Ebola, H1N1 Flu virus, HIV/AIDs, malaria, and more. Laboratories and healthcare facilities should strictly implement infection prevention and control practices such as
- Safe handling and disposal of needles, syringes, scalpels, and stitch cutters
- Optimum hand hygiene
- Use of quality chemical disinfectants
- Decontamination of reusable lab equipment
- Use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, aprons and masks
- Effective waste management
With the outbreak of fatal transmissible infections, it also imperative that healthcare settings implement infection control measures to deal with special situations.