Innovative Technologies to Propel Growth of Digital Wound Measurement Devices Market
Wound is defined as a disruption in the continuous structure of the skin, which may at times extend to internal layers lying deep below the skin. Traditionally wound was defined as any bleeding of extremities or vital organs visible from outside, modern science has currently included the occurrence of internal wounds within the definition of wound. The nature of a wound may vary from simple abrasion, to complex tissue damage. Wound care is therefore often dependent upon the nature of the wound and its location. In some cases wound area needs to be understood in order to provide adequate care to the region. This provides a basis for the application of wound dressing in terms of material required and at the same time measures the progression of wound healing process. Besides being a mandatory practice to study the progress of wound healing, wound measurement and regular tracking of wound size is integral in terms of insurance coverage, litigation and reimbursement. Wound measurement devices were initially surgical scales and rulers. These are now described as simple devices and are considered as crude or inaccurate, although they are still in use in many countries worldwide.
Simple devices use the concept of rectangular or quadrilateral area (l*b*0.785) calculation measured with the help of conventional rulers or scales. Another way to measure wound is by using a transparency sheet to outline the area which can be later measured in an area grid map. Complex devices are expensive and are more accurate in comparison to simple devices. Complex devices include optical instruments such as stereophotogrammeter (SPG) or structured lighting to obtain wound images which can be later on rendered by a computer to make a 3D image for further study and monitoring of the wound care. Wound measurement devices are yet in the developing stages with new innovations arising every year. However, common conclusion is that novel complex technologies are better in monitoring progress and examining the wound coverage area. Wound care has seen a great quantum of development in the present ages with the assistance from wound measurement devices. Hand held computers and smart phones are now being integrated using both simple and complex techniques to get a complete solution. Laser based wound terrain identification technology is also under development that shall monitor real time 3D image of the wound and its healing rate. The software program that develops photo-digital planimetry with its PictZar Digital Planimetry Program Software, a product of BioVisual Technologies, LLC, Elmwood Park, NJ. It is capable to load in the surface area of the wound without depending on a drawn perimeter.
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The report studies the digital wound measurement devices market across four key regions: Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. In 2013, North America dominated the overall market, with the U.S. alone accounting for 40-50% of the market. Europe was the second largest region in the market. However, Asia Pacific witnessed a rapid increase in sales of digital wound measurement devices in the same year. The growth rate of this regional market was higher than North America and Europe. The growing prevalence of skin cancer among the geriatric population in countries such as Japan, India, and China has contributed towards the growth of the digital wound measurement devices market in Asia Pacific. During the forecast period, the Middle East holds the highest potential for market growth owing to the presence of a large number of diabetic patients across Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
The report profiles some of the prominent players in the global digital wound measurement devices market such as Derma Sciences Ltd, Smith & Nephew PLC, and Medline Industries Inc.