December 9, 2023

Growth and Challenges in the Hospital-Acquired Infection Treatment Market

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections, have emerged as a significant challenge for the medical and healthcare sectors, imposing not only physical discomfort and anxiety but also substantial economic burdens. Recent data reveals the staggering impact of HAIs on hospitals, patients, their families, community services, and the healthcare industry as a whole.

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Economic Strain on Hospitals

During the 1990s, the national burden of HAIs occurring in surgical patients in England was estimated to exceed £170 million, exclusively in the hospital sector. These infections persistently strain healthcare resources and continue to be a major concern.

Rising Costs and Demand

Multiple studies have highlighted the direct economic burden of HAIs to be approximately US$10 billion on the healthcare system, with an annual societal cost surpassing US$200 billion. Experts predict that the number of healthcare-associated infections will reach over 2 million annually by 2025, driven by the increasing number of hospital admissions and outpatient visits.

Factors Fueling the Problem

The rise in surgical procedures, expanding geriatric populations with weakened immune systems, poor healthcare administration in middle- and low-income countries, and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance all contribute to the escalating issue of HAIs. Environmental factors such as bacterial presence in hospitals, high humidity, and high temperatures also play a significant role in driving the prevalence of these infections.

Mucormycosis in COVID-19 Survivors

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in India has brought another alarming concern – mucormycosis, or black fungus, is affecting COVID-19 survivors. Extended use of steroids and immunosuppressant medications, especially among patients with pre-existing comorbidities, puts them at maximum risk. Hospitals in India have reported a significant increase in mucormycosis cases among COVID-19 patients.

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Commonplace UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) remain the most commonly seen types of HAIs, along with lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) and surgical wound infections (SWIs). UTIs and SWIs alone contribute to 50% of HAI cases, with urinary catheters associated with nearly 75% of UTIs.

Antibacterial Treatment Dominates

The hospital-acquired infection treatment market is dominated by antibacterial treatments, given the prevalence of bacterial infections in healthcare settings. Alarming statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate a significant increase in antibiotic consumption, raising concerns about antibiotic resistance becoming a leading cause of death.

Asia Pacific Market Growth

The Asia Pacific region is expected to witness substantial growth in the hospital-acquired infections market, driven by poorly maintained hygiene in healthcare settings, government initiatives to increase awareness, rising hospital admissions, and an increasing incidence of chronic diseases. The recent surge in mucormycosis cases during the second wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic presents both challenges and untapped opportunities in this market.

Key Market Players

Prominent companies driving the competition in the global hospital-acquired infection treatment market include Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer Inc., Bayer AG, GlaxoSmithKline Plc., Daiichi Sankyo Company Limited, AbbVie Inc., F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Allergan Plc., Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, Cepheid, Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Cipla Inc., DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY LIMITED, GlaxoSmithKline plc., and Eli Lilly and Company.

The economic burden of hospital-acquired infections remains a pressing concern, underscoring the need for continued efforts in infection control and treatment.

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