Acute care needleless connectors (NC) are essential devices that connect to the end of vascular catheters and enable catheter access for infusion and aspiration. Recently due to increase in number of emergency visits in hospitals, the demand for these connectors has increased overall. There are also technological advancements that have provided various mechanisms have also helped these connectors to be used for a variety of purposes.
The market is also gaining from the increasing disposable income of people in emerging economies, which has enabled them to spend comfortably on expensive treatments and afford costly medication and medical devices.
However, the risk of infection transfer and inadequate training for complex connectors have been restraining the growth of the market.
Key Market Trends
Simple Needleless Connectors are Expected Register a High Growth Rate
Simple needleless connectors are less expensive and have fewer parts as compared to complex needleless connectors. Simple needleless connectors have no internal mechanism. There are 2 basic designs of simple connectors. One design requires the use of a blunt plastic cannula attached to the administration set or syringe and inserted through the prepierced septum of the needleless connector. The other design eliminates the blunt plastic cannula and allows the male luer end of an administration set or syringe to be inserted into the prepierced septum.
Simple needleless connectors are thus found to be common in surgical operations. The number of emergency department visits is continuously increasing at a rate faster than the population growth of United States. Hence as the number of emergency visits is increasing, the demand for simple needleless connectors is expected to increase as well.
North America is Expected to Dominate the Acute Care Needleless Connectors Market
North America has emerged as one of the highest revenue generating region due to the factors including rising awareness levels among healthcare practitioners pertaining to the advantages associated with needleless connectors, improved healthcare infrastructure and rapid growth in geriatric population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 145.6 million patients visited the US emergency departments (ED) in 2016, the most as compared to previous years. In contrast, 136.9 million ED visits were recorded in 2015, as per the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Hence, with increasing number of emergency department visits, the acute care needleless connectors market in United states is expected to increase.
Majority of the Acute Care Needleless Connectors are being manufactured by the global key players. Market leaders with more funds for research and better distribution system have established their position in the market. Moreover, Asia-pacific is witnessing an emergence of some small players due to the rise of awareness, which has helped the market grow.
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