Hand hygiene is the act of keeping one\’s hands clean with water, soap, or other related substance to remove soil, dirt and microorganisms. There are high importance of hand hygiene for health of individual and community. It is relevant in all establishments such as home, workplace and schools however the significance of hand hygiene is far above the ground in hospitals or other healthcare related setup. Hand washing helps to prevent many airborne diseases such as measles, influenza, tuberculosis and chickenpox. At the same time high protection against diseases transmitted through fecal-oral route and direct physical contact can be ensured by it. Hand hygiene in any setup includes different products such as soap and detergents, hand antiseptic and antiseptic rubs by various techniques similar to washing, rubbing and drying.
All the leading healthcare related organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated specific guidelines for hand hygiene with specific attention on healthcare set ups considering the burden of health care-associated infections all across the world. According to CDC, in the United States alone, patients in hospitals gets 722,000 infections each year, which can be reiterated as one in every 25 patients gets infected with some kind of infection in hospital. The infections acquired in hospitals sometime can cause severe complications; hand hygiene is one of the important tools to prevent these conditions. Tufts Medical Center, the prestigious medical center in United States estimates that approximately USD 4.5 billion extra cost is added every year because of hospital acquired infection in U. S. alone.
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The requirement to prevent and manage healthcare acquired infections (HCAI) affecting millions of people every year in the world is driving the hand hygiene market all across the globe. On the other hand, major outbreaks of various infectious diseases in many countries serving towards the positive growth for market. However, potential for hand hygiene market fluctuates across the regions and geographies. Poor awareness, lack of education, and training on hand hygiene, along with lack of standard procedure for hand hygiene in many countries hindering the growth prospects of the market.
Hand hygiene market can be segmented according to different categories such as regional geography and types of products used for washing hands in different establishments. Geographically, this market can be segmented in four regions namely North American, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World, out of all these segments North America region have highest contribution in terms of value because of high awareness towards hygiene, standard guidelines and training to healthcare workers and general public.
Followed by this Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World respectively are major segments of the market. This market can also be segmented according to types of products used such as hand wash, soaps, detergents, antiseptic wipes, rubs and others. Recently hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems are introduced in the market where institutions using these kinds of devices have claimed that number of infection cases have drastically reduced.
Currently various established companies in hospital and healthcare based business catering varied range of products such as hand wash, surgical sanitizers, antiseptic soaps and other hand hygienic products in this market out of which companies such as Kutol, Whiteley Corporation, Deb Group, GOJO Industries, Inc., Medline Industries, Inc., EcoHydra are leading contributors, on the other hand Meritech and Kimberly-Clark are major companies in hygiene monitoring systems.