Hospitals moving from single-use to reusable procedure trays and packs

Trend is catching on as hospitals try to make operating rooms greener to reduce environmental impact, finds Frost & Sullivan report

Improving environmental performance is driving hospitals to procure reusable procedure packs

An increasing number of surgical procedures is fuelling the adoption of custom procedure trays and packs (CPTP) in the UK, new research has revealed.

The ageing population, which is more likely to develop chronic wounds as they have more medical issues affecting their general health and mobility, has been partly responsible for the growth in procedures and the resultant expansion of the CPTP market.

For hospitals, these kits have been a natural choice as they ensure both compliance with safety standards and control over nosocomial and iatrogenic infections in the operating theatre

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, entitled Western and Eastern European Custom Procedure Trays and Packs (CPTP) Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $769.4m in 2014. It stimates this will reach $1131.4m by 2019.

CPTP offer off-the-shelf convenience to hospitals, lower costs, and lead to more-efficient operating rooms, with faster turnaround times between operations. Additionally, these products enable inventory reduction, easy storage, and simplified delivery schedules.

“Single-use CPTP have particularly gained traction due to the stricter enforcement of infection control measures within the hospital environment,” said Frost & Sullivan healthcare senior research analyst, Parthasarathy Raghava.

“For hospitals, these kits have been a natural choice as they ensure both compliance with safety standards and control over nosocomial and iatrogenic infections in the operating theatre.”

However, with more hospitals involved in reducing the environmental impact of operating theatres, the report predicts that the future will see an emphasis on reusable and reprocessable kits rather than single-use or disposable sets.

It stated that manufcaturers that provide comprehensive CPTP services, as well as reprocessing and serialisation services will be in the best position to expand business.

To remain competitive, market participants will have to find a sweet spot between customising trays and packs according to end-user preferences, and standardising these products to control costs

Nevertheless, certain challenges will continue to trouble market participants. For one, the lack of standard regulations mandating the adoption of procedure packs will curtail usage rates. And the tendency by new entrants to undercut prices to strengthen their foothold in the market will create pricing pressures and dampen overall market revenues.

“To remain competitive, market participants will have to find a sweet spot between customising trays and packs according to end-user preferences, and standardising these products to control costs,” said Raghava.

“Perhaps, standardising only basic commodity items in packs is an appropriate starting point for CPTP providers to achieve these ends.”

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