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Urinary Incontinence (UI) which refers to involuntary leakage of urine is one of the most under-diagnosed and underreported problem that affects a high percentage of the elderly population. According to the National Association for Incontinence (NAFC), nearly 200 million people are affected by UI. It results in poor quality of life and morbidity.
Catheterization is one of the primary solutions for the management & drainage of urine affected by urinary dysfunction caused by neurological diseases.
A urinary catheter is a partially flexible and hollow tube used to drain bladder and accumulate urine in a drainage bag, which is normally inserted into the patient’s bladder. Urinary catheter can either be embedded through urethral catheter or through a little opening made lower mid-region. This catheter allows for free movement of the urine from the urethra into the collection bag which can be reused after disposing of the urine. It is important to regularly clean catheters as indwelling urinary catheters may lead to healthcare-associated urinary tract infections.
These are manufactured using Silicone, latex rubber and PVC and are recommended in case of urinary incontinence (UI), urinary retention, prostate surgery, or other medical conditions, such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or dementia.
The global urinary catheters market is expected to grow at a substantial CAGR in the upcoming years.
The growth of this market is attributed towards major pertaining factors including; the growing prevalence of urinary incontinence globally, the increasing number of surgical procedures across the globe, the growing number of favorable reimbursement schemes, increase in the number of patients suffering from Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and blockages in the urethra, rising cases of tumors in the urinary tract or reproductive organs, the rapidly growing geriatric population, worldwide surging interest for cutting-edge urinary catheters and the increasing per capita healthcare expenditure across developed and developing economies etc.
Additionally, the key players are increasingly inclined towards working on advanced urinary catheter products and developing newer technologies through consistent investment in research and development activities. User-friendly urinary self-catheterization, which can be performed by individuals themselves or by the assistance of a nurse or a relative; indwelling or Foley catheters coated with teflon, silicon elastomer, and antimicrobial agents; intermittent urinary catheters, manufactured using hydrophilic technology, in order to enhance antibacterial properties and development of urinary catheters using biocompatible material are a few trending examples of the technologies that are currently new or are in the stage of development that are set to open new opportunities for the market.
Moreover, urinary catheters are used in a large-scale during emergency healthcare services to treat accident and traumatical cases. They are required for severe accident patients while they cannot move and require medical assistance to continue their daily activities. With that, the treatment of road accidents and burn cases in emergency departments or ICUs requires catheters to avoid leakage and help the patients in urine discharge. This major driver enhances the growth of this market at a very high rate.
Furthermore, other factors such as increase in number of baby boomers with urologic diseases requiring long-term care in countries such as India and China, the rise in the prevalence of urologic diseases, such as urinary retention, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), bladder obstruction, urinary incontinence, prostate cancer, and bladder cancers also contribute to the market growth. Alongside, various initiatives taken by government, radiotherapy service providers and adoption of a number of cost-containment measures to reduce the healthcare burden by government and regulatory bodies, especially in developed economies propel the growth of the market.
However, the availability of alternative treatment options for urinary incontinence, concerns related to the risks of contracting urinary tract infections caused by catheters, the complications associated with catheterization and the availability of disposable incontinence products such as adult diapers and pull-on absorbent pants hamper the growth of the market.
URINARY CATHETERS MARKET SEGMENTATION:
The North American region holds the most prominent share in the urinary catheters market followed by Europe and is anticipated to continue to lead in the same manner in the forthcoming years as well. The rapid and consistent growth in this region can be well attributed to factors such as the high prevalence of targeted diseases in the region, the growing geriatric population, availability of advanced interventional products and sophisticated healthcare infrastructure, the increasing awareness about urine infections, the presence of well-established healthcare facilities and the availability of highly skilled doctors in the region. Furthermore, favorable government policies, improved regulatory medical device guidelines, the reimbursement coverage schemes also enhance the market growth. The U.S and Canada are the major contributors in the region.
The Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing regional market for urinary catheters and is projected to witness monumental rise in the next few years. The growth in this region can be accounted to factors such as the increasing prevalence of BPH, spinal cord injury, & Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), the improvements in the healthcare infrastructure in the region with the focus of authorities on advancing their current health care services etc. Moreover, the increasing population, the high adoption of advanced technologies and increasing presence of key market players in the region add to the growth of the market. The major contributors in the region include India and China.
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