Patient mechanical lift handling systems or ceiling lifts move patients who are either unable to move or whose weight makes it unsafe to move or lift them manually. While ensuring safe and dignified patient transfer, these lifts make life easier for caregivers by relieving them of manual patient lifting, repositioning and transferring activities. According to Allied Market Research, the patient mechanical lift handling equipment market was valued at 861 million in 2015, and is estimated to reach $1,629 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 9.4% during the forecast period 2014-2022.
Patient handling tasks are recognized as the major cause for over-exertion injuries among the nursing work force working in healthcare settings ranging from acute care hospitals or ambulatory facilities. Ceiling lifts allow caregivers to easily move people who cannot move independently between wheelchair and bed or other furniture due to decreased mobility, strength, balance, coordination or other health issues.
A number of factors are driving the global patient mechanical lift handling equipment market, according to the report:
- Rising number of accidents and increasing disabilities
- Spike in the elderly population
- Risk of musculoskeletal injuries among caregivers in the process of manual handling of patients
- Rules forbidding manual handling of patients
Obesity has also helped to promote the market as rise in obesity causes people to lose their mobility. As per an analysis of trend data from 188 countries by an international consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2.1 billion people are currently overweight and obese.
The market report segments the patient mechanical lift handling equipment market by product type, end user and geography. By product type, the market is categorized into seven segments: