Approximately 27 million burn cases requiring professional treatment occur worldwide each year, and of these 7 million will require hospitalization and more than a million will die as a direct result of their burns. Burn injuries are a particularly difficult and painful area of medicine requiring multi-pronged approach to address infection, pain, and a host of long-term complications. Continued advances in biotechnology have driven the burn portion of the wound care industry, estimated at over $1.5 billion globally.
New wound care products and devices are entering the market with lightening speed, all striving for the best clinical outcomes. Besides the always-improving synthetic dressing materials, newer technologies in wound treatment include the xenogeneic tissue scaffold, bilayered human dermal substitutes, recombinant growth factors, and other techniques and materials. In addition to product innovations, disease management programs that emphasize prevention and early intervention are resulting in the rapid adoption of new wound care products and changing the market environment.
This study, the second volume in a complete re-examination of the wound care market, analyzes the market for burn wound treatment using the following product segments and subsegments:
- Burn Injury Management
- Compression Dressings and Bandages
- Wound Cleaners
- Silver Dressings
- Moist Dressings
- Biological Dressings
- Artificial Skin
- Pressure Relief Devices
- Miscellaneous Treatments
The report details product offerings, research developments, industry trends, and relevant epidemiologic and demographic data. Market size, market growth, and market forecasts are provided for each segment and subsegment. Competitive market share information is provided by leading manufacturer for the year 2004.
The information and analysis presented in this report are based on an extensive survey of senior management in the wound care industry, specifically involved in treating burns. Background information was obtained from a comprehensive search of published literature and reports obtained from various government, business, medical trade, and international journals and company reports and releases. Key information from published literature was used to conduct interviews with over 30 industry executives and product managers to validate and obtain expert opinion on current and future trends in the wound care industry. Interviews were also used to confirm and/or adjust market size and market share estimates, as well as in formulating market projections.