A review of the wound care market puts the U.S. in second place, with combination dressings trending.

As another year comes to an end, the wound care device industry was evaluated to note trends and market share. A thorough report from The Business Research Company broke down the market and focused on trends we saw over the last 12 months.

Where the U.S. stacks up worldwide

The wound care device market consists of products that fight and prevent infection while actively promoting wound healing. There are three clear regions that lead in today’s market – Europe, the Americas, and Asia, according to the report. The Americas ranked second as far as owning market share goes, but it was close on the heels of Europe with both earning around 34 percent of market share. Devices within this market are primarily used to treat severe, possibly non-healing wounds such as chronic ulcers, traumatic wounds and wounds resulting from surgical procedures.

Popular wound care devices

A few specific types of wound care devices, highlighted in the report, have been popular this year, including those that use silver or foam.

There are two different types of wound care dressings which incorporate silver, silver alginate and silver collagen. According to Wounds International, dressings containing silver helpmanage and prevent infection in a variety of wounds because silver is an antimicrobial agent. What’s unique about these dressings, according to the article, is that the purpose of using silver is not primarily to promote wound healing, rather the silver works to reduce bacteria in the wound, treat any infection that may occur and prevent systemic spread. Because both wound dressings contain silver, each offers an antimicrobial therapy to wound healing. The main difference between the two is silver alginate absorbs fluids to not only drain a wound, but keep the area moist, promoting the formation of new skin, while silver collagen attracts cells to a wound to stimulate tissue growth.

Overall trends in the wound care market

As this industry grows and changes, it’s important to note the shifting demand in the type of wound care devices. According to The Business Research Company report, there’s an increasing demand for combination dressing treatments, especially where chronic wounds are concerned. Today, the most commonly used combination dressing involved pairing a microbial agent with biological material. Regardless of what specific ingredients are used, combination wound dressings should be comfortable, waterproof and effective in preventing any kind of infection.

While we can only speculate on what new innovations will be popular in wound care in the new year, it’s interesting to take a look back and see where the market has already gone.

Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients, delivering to both homes and long-term care facilities.