The global patient lateral transfer market is projected to reach USD 305.4 Million by 2022 from USD 196.4 Million in 2017, at a CAGR of 9.2% from 2017 to 2022. In this report, the global patient lateral transfer market is segmented on the basis of product and region.
Major factors driving the growth of the market are high risk of injuries to caregivers during manual handling of patients, implementation of regulations to minimize manual patient handling, and advantages of lateral transfer devices in overcoming persistent difficulties in handling patients with special conditions. On the other hand, the lack of training to caregivers for the efficient operation of patient handling equipment is a restraining factor in this market. However, growing demand for home healthcare services represents significant growth opportunities in the patient lateral transfer market.
The patient lateral transfer market on the basis of product is classified into air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses, sliding sheets, and accessories (air supply units, carts, stands, and transfer mat covers). The air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses segment is further divided into air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses segment by type, and air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses segment by material. The air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses segment is expected to account for the largest share of the market. The large share of this product segment can be attributed to advantages of air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses in overcoming persistent difficulties while handling patients with special conditions and recommendations for the use air-assisted lateral transfer mattresses to avoid risk of musculoskeletal diseases in caregivers.
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. While North America (comprising the U.S. and Canada) is expected to account for the largest share of the global patient lateral transfer market in 2017. The Asia-Pacific patient lateral transfer market, particularly in China, Japan, and India is expected to witness high growth in the forecast period. Several countries in APAC have implemented policies for safe handling to prevent caregiver injuries while transferring and lifting patients.