According to the Freedonia industry study, the global demand for disposable medical supplies is expected to increase by 6.5% annually and reach $1690 billion by 2020. Wound management products are expected to remain the highest in demand. The demand is expected to increase by 5.6% yearly and reach $300 billion by 2020. Moreover, the global demand for non-woven medical disposable products is expected to increase by 5.4% annually and reach $250 billion by 2020.
Most medical disposables have medium to long-term durability. These products are usually designed for short-term or single-use. Some common medical disposable products are examination gloves, shoe covers, surgical drapes, surgical gowns, lab coats, isolation gowns, needles, syringes, as well as custom kits and trays, face masks, protective eyewear, cotton swabs, and sterile wipes.
Disposable Medical Supplies: Different Types of Disposable Gloves
Disposable medical supplies are fast becoming the first choice of every health care professional. More and more doctors are opting for medical disposables in order to protect themselves and patients from deadly infectious diseases and other medical complications.
One the most common types of disposable supplies used by medical practitioners are medical gloves. They are mainly used during examination and surgical procedures. Their main function is to prevent the transfer of blood, bodily fluids, highly contagious pathogens, toxic materials and other contaminants.
Medical gloves are either powdered or unpowdered. Powdered gloves use cornstarch for lubrication, which makes them quite easy to put on. However, such gloves are usually not used during surgical or other sensitive procedures because cornstarch gets into the tissues and impedes the healing process. Medical gloves are manufactured from different types of polymers including:
Medical gloves made of latex are very elastic, thick, and protective. These gloves give better precision, fine control, and a high degree of touch sensitivity to the wearer. However, latex gloves can cause allergies in some people.
Disposable nitrile gloves are a great alternative for healthcare professionals who are allergic to latex. These gloves are recognized for their high level of comfort, puncture resistance, and resistance to several chemicals. Apart from the medical professionals, nitrile gloves are also used by chemical professionals, tattoo artists, and gardeners.
These gloves are made of Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC. Vinyl gloves are known for their non-reactive properties. These gloves also have several non-medical applications. They are used by painters, cleaners, and professionals working in the foodservice industry.