Alginate dressings are the natural wound dressings made from natural alginate fibers which derived from the variety of seaweeds. Alginate dressings are made from calcium and sodium salts of alginic acid. Alginate dressings are used for the moderate and heavily exuding wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, graft wound, post-operative surgical wounds, superficial and partial thickness burns, and other areas. Alginate dressings also are useful on dry wounds after normal saline is first applied to the place of application. Alginate dressings will form a gel when getting in contact with exudates of the wound to provide strong healing power. Calcium ions in the dressing contact with the sodium ions in the fluid of the wound. The interaction makes the fiber in the dressing to swell and partially dissolve into the gel. Alginate dressings are useful in protecting affected area from bacterial infections and maintain a moist environment.
Diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers favor the demand for alginate dressings. Increasing burn incidences and injuries also propel the demand for the alginate dressings. The alginate dressings market is expected to grow with significant CAGR during the forecast period. Growing chronic wound cases, increasing trauma, and injuries are the same factors which increase the growth of the market. The increasing number of surgical procedures and related post-operative surgical wound are impelling the demand for the alginate dressings. Growing geriatric population is another factor expected to fuel the demand of the alginate dressings market. Increasing adoption of alginate dressing in moderate wound care favors the growth of the market. An increasing number of accidents and sports injuries are expected create the demand of alginate dressings market over the forecast period. Alginate dressings are not suitable for the wound that is bleeding heavily and dry. However, the limitation of the application of alginate dressings expected to restrain the growth of the market.
The global alginate dressings market is segmented on basis of product type, application, end user and region:
Alginate dressings market is expected to grow with the significant growth rate over the forecast period as increasing demand for advance dressing products. Alginate dressings are available in the different product range such as flat sheets, ropes, and ribbons. For pack cavity wounds mainly rope and ribbon alginate dressing are used, while flat sheets are used for surface wounds. Alginate dressings are majorly used to treat pressure ulcer and diabetic foot ulcers.
Regionally, the global alginate dressings market is segmented into five key regions viz. North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to lead the global alginate dressings market owing to high adoption of in alginate dressings. Europe also shows the second largest market in the alginate dressings market due to the increasing number of surgical procedures. The market in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness significant growth rate in the coming years due to increasing healthcare expenditure and increasing per capita income. Presence of a large population base including a large base of the geriatric population holds potential promises in the growth of the alginate dressings market. However, the regions such as Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa show a sluggish growth during the forecast year.
Some of the players operating in the global alginate dressings market are Medline Industries Inc., The 3M Company, Cardinal Health, Integra Lifesciences Incorporated, Smith & Nephew plc., Medtronic plc., Kinetic Concepts Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon Inc.), and others. Growing demography and economy in developing countries are expected to offer good opportunities for alginate dressing market players.
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