Surgical apparels are the hygienic clothing worn by surgeons and other operating theater staff during an operation. It is also defined as a protective plastic gown worn by a surgeon during a surgery or operations. Surgical apparels provide with the high level of protection by reducing the risk of transmission of bacteria from the surrounding medium to the person performing the surgery or operation. Surgical apparels are necessary as there are always microorganisms on the skin and in the surrounding medium even after strict hygiene and sterilization procedure. The advantage of using surgical gown during surgeries is that it provides precaution against the spread of infection. These apparels provide its user against blood, urine, bodily fluids, saline, and other chemicals while surgery. Some of the surgical apparels available in the market are surgical apparels, surgical gloves, head wear, chemotherapy apparels, face masks, footwear, surgical drapes and scrub suits.
The global surgical apparels market is growing at a considerable rate owing to rising number of surgeries and technological advancements in the medical field. Factors such as cost effectiveness, product innovations, increase in awareness about hospital-acquired infections, rising need for better infection control, growing concern about patient protection, the increase in aging population, and growing stringent regulations for healthcare professionals and patient safety are fuelling the growth of the global surgical apparels market. Conversely, strict government regulations on the quality and price of the products act as the restraint for the growth global market.
On the basis of type, the global surgical apparels market is segmented as reusable apparels and disposable apparels. Reusable apparels are made up of fabric, usually cotton, which can withstand repeated laundering in hot water. These apparels are usually fastened at the back with twill tape ties. On the hand, disposable apparels are made up of paper or thin plastic which can e fastened at the back with paper or plastic ties. Most of the surgical apparels are manufactured taking into account some important factors such as dignity, comfort, and safety. These factors play an important role in the growth of the global surgical apparels market.
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North America and Europe dominate the global market for surgical apparels owing to a large number of aging population and increasing healthcare coverage resulting in the increase in surgeries. Some of the key factors that are driving the North American surgical apparels market include increasing stringent regulations for healthcare professionals and patient safety and number of surgical procedures. Also, Asia-Pacific is considered as an emerging market owing to increasing market penetration in this region. Rest of the World (RoW) holds the fourth position in the global medical protective clothing market due to its poor economic and health conditions in most of the African countries.
Major companies dominating the global surgical apparels market are C.R. Bard, 3M Health Care, Halyard Health, Cardinal Health, Johnson & Johnson, Hartmann AG, Lohmann & Rauscher, Molnlycke, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, and Stryker. Other key players dominating the market are Paul, Cardiva Integral Solutions, and Medline.