Airway Management Devices: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, California (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Follow us on LinkedIn – Airway management devices are fast becoming an integral part of surgical procedures given their role in increasing the survival chances of patients. With the current demographics characterized by rise in number of aging people, there is a high probability of increase in number of surgeries being performed worldwide. Consequently, use of airway management devices such as endotracheal tubes, laryngeal masks, and tracheostomy tubes is on rise. In future, growth in the western world, particularly in the US and Europe is expected to be relatively slow against the backdrop of increasing concerns on healthcare costs. On the other hand, emerging markets of Asia-Pacific and Latin-America are forecast to witness faster growth through 2018. Despite the gloomy economic environment, growth in the advanced devices markets such as Laryngeal Mask Airways (LMA) is driven by launch of innovative products, rise in awareness levels among anesthesiologists, and expansion into emerging geographic markets. Further, as pricing pressures and maturing markets call for manufacturers to devise proactive strategies to reinforce their market positions, the airway management devices market is set to witness higher investments in product innovations and novel technologies.
With the increasing demand for patient-friendly equipment, technology advancement in airway management space is picking up momentum. The main focus is on technologies that reduce patient stay in hospital and also reduce healthcare costs. The past four decades have witnessed a significant interest in the area of airway management that has led to technological advances such as fiber optic laryngoscopes, illuminated stylets, Bullard laryngoscope, supraglottic devices, and more recently video-assisted laryngoscopy. The introduction of technologies such as video technology for tracheal intubation is expected to offset the shortcomings of conventional airway management devices such as endotracheal tubes that are an established procedure in routine anesthetic care. Video-enabled technology facilitates easier intubation for patients with difficult airways by enabling improved view of the airway. The market is further moving towards portable video devices with the extended use of video laryngoscopy into wider markets such as the emergency rooms. The next generation of fiberoptic devices is more focused on easy handling and portability.
The United States represents the largest market worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Airway Management Devices. Laryngeal Mask Airways market in the US continues to witness exponential growth primarily driven by increasing preference for disposable laryngeal mask airways. Share of disposable products is expected to expand in the LMA market due to increasing costs associated with management and sterilization of reusable LMAs. Outside the US and Europe, the market for the airway management devices remains virtually untapped. Low penetration rates in Asia and Latin American countries uncover vast opportunities for manufacturers of advanced systems. Asia-Pacific represents the fastest growing regional market reflecting a CAGR of 9.0% over the analysis period.
Segment-wise, Supraglottic Devices represent the fastest growing product segment driven by extensive use of laryngeal masks. Supraglottic devices are currently used in about 35% of the procedures. Laryngeal Mask Airways (LMA) are gradually replacing endotracheal tubes (ETT) in surgical procedures since they are easier to use and are less invasive. Key benefits of LMA include easier insertion of the tube into the trachea, fewer airway complications, and lesser requirement of anesthetic agent. Additionally, LMAs are available in both single-use and reusable designs and offer fewer side-affects in comparison to endotracheal tubes.
Key players in the global laryngeal mask airways market include LMA International NV, Smiths Medical NV, and AMBU A/S. LMA International dominates the world market, with growth steered by innovative product development, regional market expansions, and improving brand recognition in increasingly important global economies such as Asia. Major players profiled in the report include Covidien Plc., GE Healthcare Ltd., Intersurgical Ltd., King Systems Corporation, LMA International NV, Medisize BV, Smiths Medical, and Teleflex.
The research report titled "Airway Management Devices: A Global Strategic Business Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of trends, issues, strategic industry activities, and profiles of major companies worldwide. The report provides market estimates and projections (US$ Million) for global and regional markets including US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Middle East, and Latin America. Key Product segments analyzed include Supraglottic Devices and Others.
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