Risk of Hospital Infections a Driving Force in Catheter Sales: Kalorama Report

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The catheter market reached $23 billion in 2012, according to Kalorama Information. Kalorama believes that new challenges posed by increased nosocomial infections and catheter re-use rates have led to the development of drug coated catheters and the reduction of catheter re-use, which should help the growth of the market.

“Concerns of reimbursement in the hospital segment have led to a reduction in the re-use of catheters and the use of improved models, a positive sign for the market,” said Jon Evans, analyst for Kalorama and author of the report.

The catheter market reached $23 billion in 2012, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research firm said that increased life expectancy and subsequent aging of the global population play a key role in the rising demand for all types of medical catheters. In addition, Kalorama believes that new challenges posed by increased nosocomial infections and catheter re-use rates have led to the development of drug coated catheters and the reduction of catheter re-use, which should help the growth of the market, according to Kalorama’s most recent survey of the industry, “The World Market for Catheters”.

Catheters make it possible to drain or inject fluids or enable access to the body by surgical instruments, but a key area of usage is in urology. An estimated 4 million patients per year in the US have urinary catheters in acute, home and long-term care. Kalorama believes that concern over infections is reducing re-use rates and driving sales of improved drug-coated catheters, and that both trends will boost the market.

“Concerns of reimbursement in the hospital segment have led to a reduction in the re-use of catheters and the use of improved models, a positive sign for the market,” said Jon Evans, analyst for Kalorama and author of the report.

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving any part of the urinary system, including urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidney. UTIs are the most common type of healthcare-associated infection reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).     Bacterial colonization of the bladder can occur within two to four weeks after a catheter is inserted, and this may lead to urosepsis and ultimately septicemia. Although the incidence of catheter-related infections is decreasing, these infections affect a large number of hospitalized patients because of the increased use of intravascular devices. Catheter-associated bacteremia, the most serious consequence of catheter-related infections, is by far the leading cause of nosocomial bloodstream infection in intensive care units. About 80,000 such infections occur annually in ICUs, and 200,000 cases have occurred throughout hospitals in the US. Although the consequences of these infections in terms of mortality remain debated, it is clear that they increase the duration of ICU stay and add a substantial burden to the cost of intensive care.

“The most important risk factor for developing a CAUTI is prolonged use of the urinary catheter,” Evans said. “Therefore, catheters should only be used for appropriate indications and should be removed as soon as they are no longer needed.”

Healthcare reform in the United States has highlighted attention on hospital infections and their cost to the healthcare system. Kalorama believes that new challenges posed by increased nosocomial infections and catheter re-use rates have led to the development of drug coated catheters that have helped address these concerns. Catheter-related infection is at least theoretically preventable for the most part, provided strict adherence to infection control measures is observed. Using catheters impregnated with antimicrobials has emerged as a potentially valuable adjunct to prevention by other infection control measures.    

The report, “The World Market for Catheters”, discusses several trends that will affect the catheter market in the next five years. The report contains breakouts of units and revenues for catheters sales in the US, Europe and the rest of the world. The report also provides market share by company for specific categories of catheters. Profiles of catheter manufacturers in the market are also provided. The report can be found at:
http://www.kaloramainformation.com/Catheters-Cardiovascular-Urological-7574661/

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