Small Bore Connectors Market by Type and End User - Global Industry Analysis and Forecast to 2025

Report Code : HC06104

Small bore connectors are used to connect a variety of medical devices, including enteral and non-enteral applications. Enteral systems are those systems in which drugs are delivered through gastrointestinal tract whereas in non-enteral systems drugs are delivered either orally or intravenously. Devices such as tubing, syringes and other accessories are connected to medical devices through small bore connectors for delivery of fluids or gases for patient care. Small bores have small diameter of usually less than 8.5 millimetre of the connector. Two ISO standards ISO 80369-1:2010 and ISO 80369-20:2015 gives recommendations for small bore connectors. For instance, ISO 80369-20:2015 gives guidelines for liquid and gases use in healthcare applications. FDA currently recognizes this standard for small bore connectors. Luer connectors are classic type of small bore connector which is widely used in healthcare setting. However new and safer non-Luer connectors are being introduced to minimize or eliminate risk of wrong route errors while administrating fluids or gases either through enteral or non-enteral routes.

Some examples of medical devices that use small bore connectors include blood pressure cuffs, intravascular devices, breathing or respiratory systems and neuraxial devices. One of the major applications of small bore connectors is used in enteral devices for delivering nutrients or medicine to the stomach to those patients who are unable to eat or require additional nutrients through feeding tube that is inserted into patient’s abdomen. Limb tourniquet cuffs are connectors that are used to stop bleeding after surgical procedures by applying pressure to radial artery.

Increasing implementation of new ISO standards for manufacturing of medical connectors and unmet medical needs of people coupled with increasing patient awareness about benefits of connectors is expected to drive the growth of the global market. Furthermore, continuous effort of FDA to promote and encourage manufacturers to design new medical connectors for enteral devices will propel growth of the market. However, increasing incidences of tubing misconnections coupled with human factor errors in administrating drugs or fluids will hamper growth of the global market.

Some of the major players operating in the global market are Hopf A. Kunststoffverarbeitung GmbH, Elcam Medical, and Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC (now Merck). These players are focusing on expanding their product portfolio through product development adhering to international standards to acquire quick FDA approval as well to larger market share. For instance from 2015 A. Hopf GmbH, a German injection maker has issued new designed enteral connectors to prevent Luer standard misconnections. In addition, A. Hopf GmbH has developed new confusion protection taps and Y-connectors for enteral applications.

Introduction of new non-standardised small bore (non-Luer) connectors to prevent risk of misconnection and increasing FDA efforts for designing safe medical connectors by collaborating with international organizations will drive growth of the market in coming years. Furthermore, increased demand for BPA-free connectors will drive the growth of the market. With introduction of new international standards such as ISO 803369 is a step for saving lives by preventing tubing misconnections. Such introduction of international standards will provide lucrative growth opportunities for manufacturers by introducing new and advanced products in developed as well as emerging markets thereby acquiring larger market share.

The Global Small Bore Connectors Market Segmentation:

By Type

  • Gas Bore Connectors
  • Liquid Bore Connectors

By End User

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centres

By Region

  • North America
  • U.S
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • France
  • UK
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Japan
  • China
  • Australia
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Others

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  • Repeated use of particular device depending on health and condition of patient
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