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The market for advanced wound care products market has been rapidly evolving over the past 25 years and has recently entered a new phase with the introduction of several sophisticated products based …

The market for advanced wound care products market has been rapidly evolving over the past 25 years and has recently entered a new phase with the introduction of several sophisticated products based on biotechnology and biomaterials science. Some of the new entrants projected to become dominant in the coming years were technically not feasible until recently.

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  • 1. Markets for Advanced Wound Care adds BCC Research Market Research Report “Markets for AdvancedWound Care Technologies’’ to its store.STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVESThe market for advanced wound care products market has been rapidly evolving over thepast 25 years and has recently entered a new phase with the introduction of severalsophisticated products based on biotechnology and biomaterials science. Some of the newentrants projected to become dominant in the coming years were technically not feasibleuntil recently. These novel products and technologies have made it through the regulatoryhurdles and now face the daunting task of changing traditional wound care practices.Although traditional practices continue to dominate many sectors of wound care, advancedwound dressings and related technologies offer impressive, often lifesaving, advancementsbeing increasingly accepted by both the hospital and alternative care markets. Growth iscoming largely at the expense of traditional gauze and impregnated gauze dressings whichstill hold a majority share of the market.Our report analyzes the current market for wound care products and focuses on emergingproducts and technologies. Markets are divided into hospital and alternative care sectors.The alternate care sector includes all medically supervised care of wounds in non-hospitalsettings. Both markets are huge consumers of wound care products and the newerdressings and technologies are gaining broad acceptance within each sector.This report describes the types of wound care products and technologies being used in theyear 2000 as well as those poised to become major market factors by the turn of thedecade. Discussion of wound care products is divided into the following product andtechnology sections:Alginate dressings Composite dressings Contact layer dressings Foam dressings Gauze dressings (non-impregnated) Gauze dressings (impregnated) Hydrocolloid dressings Hydrogel dressings Specialty absorptive dressings Transparent film dressings Allografts, heterografts, and tissue culture products Artificial skin Enzymatic debriding agents Wound cleansersSkin sealants, protectants, and moisturizers Electrical stimulation Hyperbaric oxygen
  • 2.  Autologous growth factors. Tissue growth factors Miscellaneous emerging products.Available novel products and technologies Emerging novel products and technologies Synthetic Dressings Biological and Biosynthetic Dressings Topical Adjuvants Novel Products and TechnologiesThe plethora of synthetic dressings on the market makes organization of this sectiondifficult. In the interest of following already established systems, we use a categorizationsystem developed by the Durable Medical Equipment Regional Coordinators (DEMERC).DEMERC was established in October 1993 to streamline the Medicare Part B claimsprocedures. An overview of DEMERC is included in the Regulatory Issues chapter of thisreport.The above listing of synthetic dressing categories includes some minor deviations from theDEMERC system. DEMERC has a category for wound fillers not otherwise listed and acategory for miscellaneous surgical supplies. We have deleted these categories and createda section, Biological and Biosynthetic Dressings, that includes most of the dressings listedby DEMERC under the deleted DEMERC categories.Under the Topical Adjuvant section, skin sealants, protectants, and moisturizers arereimbursed by DEMERC, but wound cleansers and enzymatic debriding agents are not.Enzymatic debriding agents are classified as drugs, and wound cleansers were dropped byDEMERC in 1995 for the apparent reason that they are considered expendable. We include adiscussion of these three topical products in this report as each is widely used andintimately related to wound healing.The Novel Products and Technologies section includes products and technologies now or willsoon be at the vanguard of wound management, especially with reference to chronicwounds and severe burns.This report provides the reader with a comprehensive analysis of the markets for woundcare products and technologies and illuminates the important and emerging products,technologies, and companies. It also includes discussion and analysis of topical issuesrelating to pricing, evolving market trends, and regulation. It provides the reader with anaccurate bearing on where the industry is heading as we move into the next century.The report: Describes the industry, its importance to the economy, and trends for the future; Provides a brief historical perspective; Provides the developmental history, describes the properties, and lists the benefits of each wound care product and technology; Analyzes the market for wound care products and technologies according to the type of wound (acute, chronic, and burn wounds), and provides the volume and value of sales along with forecasts of the volume and value;
  • 3.  Separates the markets for wound care products and technologies into hospital and alternative care segments and describes the relationship of each wound care product and technology to these segments; Estimates the market share of each category of wound care product and technique held by competing manufacturers; Analyzes the impact of novel products and technologies on the industry; Discusses the role and importance of distributors and the changes affecting the distribution of wound care products; Discusses the role of third party payers and trends within the industry toward consolidation and strategic alliances; and Profiles the important manufacturers.REASONS FOR THE STUDYAlthough the medical sector as a whole has been undergoing a gradual revolution over thepast hundred or more years, progress in the dressing and management of wounds has beenmore erratic. The use of the term “modern” dressings, the primary subject of this report,did not occur until the 1960s. Since the 1980s, developments have been fast paced andgrowth of gauze dressing alternatives has mushroomed. These developments have seen theemergence of many new suppliers and the demise of others. Consolidation in the industry isoccurring at a rapid pace and competition for market share within all categories is keen.Change is affecting the industry in many ways. For example, less well-known suppliers arefinding it more difficult to compete in a market in which demands for cost curtailment arecausing hospitals, extended care facilities, and other large buyers to narrow their listing ofapproved vendors and to take advantage of the cost incentives provided by volumepurchases. A smaller vendor list also simplifies paperwork and inventory costs.Participants in the industry must remain acutely aware of market developments if they areto plan intelligently. This report provides manufacturers, distributors, health care providers,and other interested parties with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions relatingto investment, strategic planning, procurement, product development, and related matters.STUDY RATIONALEThe intent of this study is to help simplify the tough choices faced by today’s health careindustry executives. Market intelligence plays a critical role in decisions relating to researchand development, sales planning and strategy, marketing planning and strategy, capitalinvestment, and myriad other choices faced by buyers and sellers of wound care productsand technologies. Many wound care products on the market are new and growing at doubledigit rates, while others are mature and subject to displacement. Product development isbeing pursued aggressively by all key manufacturers, while physicians, nurses, and otherhealth care providers weigh the costs and benefits of the newer introductions against theexigencies of curtailed budgets and the comfort of doing things the old way.In this environment, market ignorance can prove very costly. This report gives you the solidinformation you need to pursue an intelligent plan of action.SCOPE AND FORMATThe geographic scope of this report is the U.S. The wound care product scope includeswound dressings, topical medications, and novel products and technologies for woundhealing used under the guidance of trained medical personnel. This categorization includes
  • 4. wounds treated within the home, provided a visiting nurse or similarly trained person isoverseeing the wound management. The important types of wounds are listed anddescribed. Categories of wound care products and technologies are listed and described,and are associated with a particular wound type. Neither the “over-the-counter” market forhome-use products nor the industrial market for wound care products is covered.METHOD USED TO PREPARE THIS REPORTThe extensive research capabilities of the Communications Co., Inc. staff were employed toanalyze markets and access government and industry statistics. New technologies, marketdevelopments, and research and development expenditures and trends were identifiedthrough patent and data base searches and discussions with key industry sources. Person-to-person and telephone interviews were the primary method of information gathering.METHODOLOGYResearch for this report began with an in-depth analysis of technical and literature, a well asa review of the history of the technology. Interviews with industry experts, companyrepresentatives, federal government researchers, and university scientists provided thebasis for an assessment of the outlook for non-separating, semi-permeable membraneapplications. Secondary sources of information included product literature from membranesystem suppliers, and numerous scientific references, patent searches, and BCC, Inc.’sMembrane & Separation Technology News, Medical Materials Update.The study is divided into certain key chapters dealing with the structure and properties ofnon-separating, semi-permeable membranes and other main components of theirapplications, including critical components, such as chemical raw materials, andmanufacturing processes necessary for the final function. The study emphasizes areas underresearch and the resulting trends.The report makes projections for each market in terms of constant dollars. Historical valuesare presented for the given year, with focus on the U.S. Overseas activity is also mentioned,putting the U.S. market into global context. Estimates of the membrane areas installed inparticular application areas were obtained, either from surveys done or from estimates ofthose knowledgeable in the industry.INFORMATION SOURCESThe information sources for this study include extensive online research, patent literature,worldwide technical journals and magazines, and principals in the industry.Latest Market Research Reports: Wireless Sensors: Technologies and Global Markets Remote Sensing Technologies and Global Markets Portable Battery Powered Products: Global Markets Sample Preparation in Genomics, Proteomics, and Epigenomics: Global Markets Embedded Systems: Technologies and Markets Conductive Polymers LIver Disease Treatments: The Global Market
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