The need to prevent and control healthcare acquired infections (HCAI) across Europe, which results in 4.5 to 5 million cases annually, is driving the hand hygiene market in Western Europe. Outbreaks of norovirus and bird flu over the past five years have also served to highlight the importance of hand hygiene in containing infectious diseases. Hand hygiene product manufacturers should take advantage of these trends by offering a one-stop solution for all disinfection requirements.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Hand Hygiene Market in Western Europe research finds the market earned revenue of $415.4 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $680.8 million in 2019. The research covers hand wash, hand disinfectant and surgical hand antisepsis products across the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux and Scandinavia.
Alcohol-based hand rubs are expected to become the most popular solution in the hand disinfectant and surgical hand antisepsis segments due to its proven efficiency and ease of use.
"Adoption of hand hygiene compliance monitoring (HHCM) devices in hospitals across Western Europe is improving compliance levels considerably, thereby fuelling market revenues," says Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Research Analyst Parthasarathy Raghava. "The market will see a host of opportunities as automatic HHCM technology is integrated with most automated and manual dispensers to become a standard across all hospitals in the next five to seven years."