Medical lifting slings, also referred to as patient lifting slings, are considered indispensable for any healthcare institution, such as hospitals, owing to which the demand for these is anticipated to flourish in the near future. With the number of patients suffering from disabilities and chronic disorders increasing at a rapid pace around the world, the market for medical lifting slings is anticipated to witness positive growth. The market’s growth is also facilitated by the rising prevalence of lifestyle diseases.
According to a report recently published by Transparency Market Research, the global market for medical lifting slings, which in 2014 stood at US$312.0 mn, is anticipated to reach US$632.8 mn in 2023. If the figures hold true, the global medical lifting slings market will exhibit a CAGR of 7.8% between 2015 and 2023.
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Slings are used along with hoists to support a patient when they are lifted or being transferred. Efficient patient care often requires lifting or providing support to the patient to perform daily activities such as toileting, bathing, and walking. Such tasks must be performed with utmost care, particularly because they involve handling ailing or fragile individuals. Medical lifting slings make these complicated and risky tasks easier for healthcare professionals and more comfortable for patients. Additionally, in some cases, patients may have psychological, medical, or other conditions that make manual lifting and movement activities more complicated. Dealing with patients with excessive body weight can cause musculoskeletal injuries to both patients as well as the healthcare providers. To avoid such risks, the use of medical lifting slings has considerably increased across the healthcare sector.
The various types of slings available in the market include seating slings, bariatric slings, stander slings, hammock slings, universal slings, toileting slings, transfer slings, and others. As diverse as the types of medical lifting slings available in the market are, their uses are also distinct:
Universal Slings: Of the aforementioned medical lifting slings available in the market, the demand for universal slings was reported to be the highest in 2014. These slings offer comfort, provide back and neck support, and have a broad application range, being used to transfer patients from bed to wheelchair, or from chair to chair, chair to bed, chair to toilet, and others.
Bariatric slings: These slings are designed specifically to handle obese patients. The rising incidence of obesity worldwide, especially among geriatric people, augments the difficulty in moving and handling patients. This substantially increases the demand for bariatric slings. Additionally, in case of aging caregivers, their rate of exposure to occupational injuries is comparatively high, particularly when handling bulky patients. This has been a major concern and a prime driver for bariatric slings in the healthcare industry.
Transfer slings: The segment of transfer slings is considered one of the fastest growing product segments of the medical lifting slings market. A transfer sling is used to position or reposition a patient resting in a horizontal position. These slings are intended to remain permanently as a part of the bedding for patients. Furthermore, transfer slings render lateral transfer of patients between horizontal surfaces, for instance between two beds or from bed to stretcher, much easier.
Hammock Slings: These slings have been acknowledged by the medical professionals as the most comfortable and supportive slings for both hospital and home care. These slings are used to provide support to amputees who are very sensitive to pressure.
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The convenience of medical lifting slings in several procedures related to patients suffering from temporary or permanent disabilities is expected to drive the global medical lifting slings market in the coming years.