Understanding Medical and Lab Refrigerator

Increasing R&D investments in medical science by government organizations are anticipated to provide growth opportunities for medical and lab refrigerator providers.

Growing demand for safe storage of blood and blood derivatives from hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and diagnostic centers is boosting the medical and lab refrigerator market growth across the world. Both in medical research and pharmaceutical sector, rising government funding is expected to increase the demand for medical and laboratory refrigerators further. For example, the Medical Device Directive of the European Commission has used specific requirements and regulations for biomedical freezers and refrigerators to store blood and blood components. Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of various chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiac diseases, and infectious diseases is leading to an increase in blood transfusion demand another critical factor that will boost the medical and lab refrigerators.

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The healthcare and medical device industry is at the epicenter of this unprecedented global pandemic challenge, and the private sector has come up with the opportunity to offer the government all the support it needs, whether it is testing support, preparing isolation beds for treating COVID-19 patients or deploying equipment and staff in identified nodal hospitals. It is anticipated that a series of demand shocks, both positive and negative, will occur in the coming six months as medical device OEMs and their suppliers respond to the changing needs of providers.

The major companies offering products in medical and lab refrigerator market worldwide include ZhongkeMeiling Cryogenics Company Limited, Felix Storch, Inc., Follett LLC, Helmer Scientific Inc., Haier Biomedical, Lec Medical, Philipp Kirsch GmbH, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Vestfrost Solutions, and Blue Star Limited.

The increasing number of accidents, surgical interventions such as cancer, organ and bone marrow transplants, cardiovascular surgery, general surgery, nephrology, and dialysis lead to increased demand for blood components, thus driving the growth for medical and laboratory refrigerator market. For example, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2017, ~1.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer. Among these, some of the patients needed blood transfusion daily during their treatment along with chemotherapy. Lack of timely access to secure blood transfusion leads to increased demand for blood banks for efficient, safe, and real-time blood unit availability. Therefore, different organizations are getting involved in activities to launch innovative product solutions in the market. For example, in March 2018, India-based Strides Software Solutions, which enables the availability of safe and high-quality blood components, developed India's first centralized donor authentication and identification application based on Aadhaar, the D-Health app.

These refrigerators are used in blood banks, laboratories, and hospitals. Temperature uniformity is the primary requirement for blood bag storage. In addition, other parameters required to select the blood bank refrigerator include bags capacity, number of shelves, safety features, the material of construction, and, most importantly, standards and certifications such as ISO and CE.

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