Anesthesia is temporarily induced state to achieve analgesia (prevention of pain), paralysis (muscle relaxation), amnesia (loss of memory), and unconsciousness. The anesthesia delivery system delivers a gaseous anesthetic agent during surgeries. The gaseous anesthetic agent is an inhalant and is mixed with a carrier gas, usually oxygen alone or oxygen combined with nitrous oxide. the anesthetic machine, which provides a continuous flow of air containing a regulated supply of medical gases. This system consists of three major components, namely compressed gas supply, anesthetic machine, and breathing circuit. The goal of anesthesia care is to ensure the safest possible experience for the patient. Anesthesia machines have evolved from simple, pneumatic devices to sophisticated, computer-based and fully integrated anesthesia systems.
The most common type of anesthetic machine in use is the continuous-flow anesthetic machine, which is designed to provide an accurate and continuous supply of medical gases (such as oxygen and nitrous oxide), mixed with an accurate concentration of anesthetic vapor (such as isoflurane), and deliver this to the patient at a safe pressure and flow. Modern machines incorporate a ventilator, suction unit, and patient monitoring devices. The anesthesia machines perform four essential functions such as, provide O2, accurately mixes anesthetic gases and vapors, enables patient ventilation, and minimizes anesthesia related risks to patients and staff.
There are four main types of anesthesia machines available in the market:
- Integrated Systems: Designed for operating rooms with heavy surgical schedules. These units often offer three vaporizer chambers, integrated monitoring, ventilation, gas management, and have features to work with electronic data systems.
- MRI-Compatible: Used in situations where the Anesthesia Machine will be in close proximity to MRI or imaging systems.
- Portable Systems: used for field work or small office based procedures. These are easy to use and can be moved from room to room or between locations.
- Small Footprint: These units offer a good feature set but still provide a small footprint.
Currently, anesthesia machines global market is driven by the technological advancement, aging population, increase in the prevalence of chronic disease, increase in the minimal invasive surgeries around the world, Medical tourism and rising healthcare expenditure in emerging economies, However, lack of trained and skilled anesthesiologists serves as the main barrier for this market.
According to a market research report published by iHealthcareAnalyst, Inc., Anesthesia Devices Market – Global Anesthesia Machines Analysis and Forecast 2016-2020, the global anesthesia devices market was valued at USD 6.3 Billion in 2015 and is estimated to reach USD 9.6 Billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.8% from 2016 to 2020.
The global anesthesia devices market report estimates the market size (Revenue USD million – 2013 to 2020) for key market segments based on device type (anesthesia machines – workstations, ventilators, delivery devices such as portable and standalone; anesthesia disposables – masks and accessories), and forecasts growth trends (CAGR% – 2016 to 2020). The geographical segmentation includes North America (U.S., Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of LA), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of EU), Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Rest of APAC), and Rest of the World. The report also provides the detailed market landscape and profiles of major competitors (Airsep. Carefusion Corporation, Covidien Plc, Draegerwerk AG & Co. Kgaa, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, GE Healthcare, Getinge Group, Masimo Corporation, Philips Healthcare, Resmed, Smiths Medical, and Teleflex Incorporated) in the global market including company overview, financial snapshot, key products, technologies and services offered, and recent developments.