Antimicrobial Coatings Market: Addressing Healthcare Challenges with Advanced Technologies

Healthcare-associated infections have been the most frequent adverse events in both developed and developing countries in the past few years. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2022, out of every 100 patients, 15 patients in low- and middle-income countries and 7 patients in high-income countries developed at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during their hospitalization. In addition, according to the WHO, in 2021, 8.9 million healthcare-associated infections occurred in acute and long-term care facilities in Europe.

Antimicrobial protective coatings are utilized on medical equipment surfaces such as IV poles, doorknobs, bed rails, and medical device handles. These coatings prevent the spread of pathogenic microorganisms and other diseases on high-touch surfaces, lowering the risk of infection. They are also applied on floors, walls, and other surfaces in operating rooms, prosthetic devices, catheters, other implants, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, and gowns to inhibit the growth of microorganisms and minimize the risk of device-related infections. Thus, factors such as growing awareness programs and active participation of hospitals to reduce healthcare-associated infections by using antimicrobial coatings, and rising healthcare-associated infections are expected to drive the growth of the antimicrobial coatings market.