Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/15/2014 -- Manual resuscitators which are also known as bag valve mask, is a device used by individuals and healthcare professionals to inflate oxygen into lungs of an unconscious patients not able to breathe or during a respiratory failure occurring out of certain medical conditions. The device will help the person to remain oxygenated with the help of positive pressure. Manual resuscitators are hand-held portable device comprising a mask, a valve and a large ventilation bag used in the hospitals for temporary ventilation of patients. The mask is placed over a patient’s face to prevent the escape of air, the valve checks the rate of flow of air into the lungs and the bag features a bulb which is squeezed to ventilate the patient.
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Manual resuscitators are mostly disposable but there are devices which are cleaned regularly and re-used. They are also named as AMBU bags, i.e., Artificial Manual Breathing Unit. The manual resuscitators market can be segmented into two major segments, which are as follows:
The manual resuscitators are manually compressed after which it automatically re-expands on its own and remains inflated all the time. This device can be used in in-hospital as well as out-of-hospital settings.
These manual resuscitators are also known as anesthesia bags. They are a specialized form of manual resuscitators which does not re-expand on its own and requires an external source to inflate. If the patient is breathing on his/her own, he/she can inflate it by breathing in and out. These devices are generally used in in-hospital setting.
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The respiratory care devices market has grown tremendously over the past few years. The main factors which will augment the growth toward the manual resuscitators market are increasing geriatric population, rising prevalence of Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), and technological advancement in the manual resuscitators market. On the other hand, factors such as risk of various complications, lung injuries and inability of general population to use manual resuscitators would most likely impede the growth of the manual resuscitators market.
Geographically, North America dominates the manual resuscitators market followed by Europe. The prime factor which will drive the growth of this market in these regions is increasing cases of respiratory disorders such as chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the third leading cause of death in America. A shift from hospital care to home care among individuals coupled with rising healthcare costs have also triggered the growth of the manual resuscitators market.
Asia-Pacific is one of the most developing regions and will continue to grow at a steady rate. The advantageous factors, which will accentuate the growth of the manual resuscitators market in this region, are rising demand of the population for cost effective medical treatments, higher levels of air pollution due to huge population in countries like China and India, increasing number of individuals suffering from asthma, and portability associated with manual resuscitators. Moreover, convenience and comfort to use manual resuscitators in a home setting environment will spur the growth of this market as it will lead to cost advantage.
Some of the major players operating in the manual resuscitators market are Medline Industries, Inc., Covidien Ltd., GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health, Inc., ResMed Inc., Philips Medical Systems, MeedicalExpo, Drager Medical AG & Co. KG, Hpokins Medical Products and others.
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