Non-mechanical equipment or soft products are used with or without mechanical equipment to transfer or relocate a patient. Non-mechanical devices comprise slide sheets, transfer belts, roller sheets and single-use patient transfer mats. Slide sheets, designed to reduce friction between surfaces, aid in transferring patients from one bed to another. Transfer belts worn by patients provide caregivers with a safe and secure grip. These devices are not only safe and comfortable for patients but also beneficial for caregivers as they reduce the risk of injuries during patient transfers/relocation.
In 2015, the non-mechanical equipment segment is growing at high CAGR of the patient handling equipment market. This high CAGR can be attributed to the growing acceptance and popularity of non-mechanical equipment in the healthcare sector.
The patient handling equipment market is diversified and competitive, with a large number of players Including Stryker, Inc. (U.S.), Hill-Rom, Inc. (U.S.), Arjo Huntleigh, Inc. (Sweden), Guldmann, Inc. (Denmark), Invacare Corporation (U.S.), Linet, Inc. (Czech republic), Stiegelmeyer, Inc. (Germany), Joerns Healthcare (U.S.), Handicare, Inc. (Norway) and Prism Medical (U.S.).