North America Medical Gloves Market size exceeded USD 2,456.2 million in 2019 and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 10.1% from 2020 to 2026.
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Medical gloves are reusable or disposable gloves that are used in medical examination and surgical procedures to prevent cross-contamination between patients and caregivers. The consumers of medical gloves have considerably increased with growing incidences of acute and chronic infections as well as number of surgeries. Growing awareness pertaining to health safety and emerging number of patients suffering from COVID-19 has also led to an upsurge in number of medical glove consumers. In addition, market growth is majorly driven by the presence and active participation of well-established major companies involved in making investments in healthcare.
Rapid growth in number of surgeries in North America will drive the North America medical gloves market growth across the region. A large proportion of population in countries such as U.S. and Canada prefer undergoing facial rejuvenation and plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2017, approximately 1.8 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. Additionally, the number of patients suffering from obesity is rising exponentially owing to the lifestyle in the region. As a result, a large proportion of population in the region is opting for bariatric surgery for the treatment of severe obesity.
North America Market, By Product
The latex gloves segment in the North America medical gloves market was around USD 1,131 million revenue in 2019, owing to biodegradability, high elasticity, high-level of touch sensitivity and effective prevention from exposure to infections due to high barrier properties. However, latex gloves cause skin allergies and reactions in hands. Additionally, it is difficult to detect lacerations and puncture holes in latex gloves. Therefore, the demand for latex gloves by healthcare professionals will decrease in the coming years.
North America Medical Gloves Market, By Form
The powder-free gloves segment will expand at 10.3% CAGR through 2026. Powder-free gloves are puncture resistant and provide significant resistant to allergies. The utilization of powder-free gloves in surgeries has significantly reduced the incidences of latex allergies. These gloves are less messy than other gloves, versatile, skin-friendly and have high strength. Additionally, they have high chemical and water resistance, high level of grip and dexterity that aids the surgeons in performing surgeries.
North America Market, By Application
The North America medical gloves market from surgical gloves segment will showcase around 10% growth rate during the forecast timeline, attributed to the increasing number of surgeries in the region. For instance, as per the statistics in a published report, approximately 1.5 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2019. Growing preference for non-invasive surgeries and rising awareness among the healthcare providers for safety measures has also boosted the demand for surgical gloves in the region. Additionally, surgical gloves are widely adopted owing to the accuracy, precise sizing and tactile sensitivity provided to surgeons by these gloves.
North America Medical Gloves Market, By Usage
The disposable gloves segment crossed USD 1,927 million revenue in 2019, credited to the reduced risk of cross-contamination and transmission by blood-borne pathogens, and harmful chemicals as these gloves are intended for single-use. Increasing awareness pertaining to the safety and hygiene in order to safeguard healthcare professionals and patients against infections has led to a huge demand for disposable gloves. Furthermore, rise in number of people suffering from infectious diseases in North America is increasing the demand for disposable gloves.
North America Market, By Sterility
The sterile gloves segment in the North America medical gloves market held over USD 1,014 million revenue in 2019, due to their higher resistance to microorganisms and higher AQL (acceptable quality level) that provides no risk of infection. Sterile gloves are majorly used in surgical procedures.
North America Market, By Distribution Channel
The North America medical gloves market from e-commerce segment is projected to increase at 11.7% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. E-commerce provides cost-effective medical gloves with faster response to the demand and a faster buying platform to the buyers. In addition, a major proportion of population in North America prefers e-commerce services owing to enhanced accessibility to internet services. Furthermore, e-commerce market for medical gloves is witnessing growth owing to the prevalence of COVID-19 pandemic as people are preferring to stay indoors.
North America Market, By End-use
The hospitals segment accounted for USD 947 million revenue in 2019, on account of increasing inflow of patients undergoing surgeries and increasing number of hospitals in the region. Reimbursement policies pertaining to surgical procedures in hospitals is leading to an increased number of patients undergoing surgeries. Furthermore, the ongoing pandemic has boosted the demand for medical gloves in hospitals owing to rising number of patients suffering from COVID-19 disease.
North America Market, By Country
U.S. medical gloves market dominated around 90% revenue share in 2019, attributed to presence of well-established infrastructure and rising incidences of acute and chronic diseases, including contagious diseases that require effective diagnosis and surgery. In addition, a major proportion of population in the U.S. prefers undergoing cosmetic surgeries to enhance their appearance. These factors are contributing to increased demand for medical gloves.
Moreover, increasing awareness pertaining to safety against infectious diseases is augmenting the demand for medical gloves in the country. For instance, as per the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NIOSHA) in the U.S., it is mandatory to wear medical gloves while patient-care activities that involve exposure to blood and body fluids that may be contaminated with blood. Moreover, as per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), the demand for personal protective equipment including medical gloves is increasing rapidly than the supply available to health care organizations in the ongoing pandemic.
Competitive Industry Landscape
Some of the major players involved in North America medical gloves market include Top Glove Corporation Berhad, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Medline Industries Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., Ansell Limited and Robinson Healthcare. These companies are undertaking various strategic collaborations, mergers and acquisitions to strengthen their market position, increase customer base and enhance geographical presence in the region.