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Surgical Scrub Market: Information by Type (Gel, Bar, Foam, Wipe, Aerosol Foam), End-User (Hospitals, Clinics), Content (Alcohol-Based), and Region — Forecast till 2029

Market Snapshot
Study Period:
Base Year:
Fastest Growing Market:
North America
Largest Market:
Asia Pacific
4.3 %
Key Players
3M Company

Ecolab Inc.


Dickinson and Company (BD)


Becta Laboratories

The surgical scrub market is growing at an exponential rate on account of the increasing awareness regarding the spread of germs and microorganisms during surgery. The most common antimicrobial products used in the manufacturing of surgical scrubs include CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate), ethyl alcohol, and other components. The rising number of surgeries and diseases are prompting the need for surgical scrubs as they prevent the spread of infection in patients, doctors, and health workers. They also help in minimizing the resident microbial.

Novel Use of Surgical Scrubs to Inhibit Microbial Growth to Drive the Market Growth

There are several microorganisms and bacteria present on the body, particularly in the hands. Surgical scrubs can inhibit the rebound growth of microorganisms. The surgical site infection rate is around 13% and can have adverse effects on the health of the patient as well as the operating staff. The doctors and health workers need to undergo the total infection prevention process before entering the operating room, and a good hand scrub is an essential part of the process.

Product innovation and improved effectiveness of surgical scrubs over other alternatives provide an impetus to the market growth.The unique formulation of surgical scrubs makes it suitable for surgical and critical care areas. The key market players have introduced surgical scrub gels that allow the surgery staff to scrub without water. These scrubs are proven-effective for the surgical environment and significantly reduce the use of water. For instance, Gojo Industries, Inc. introduced a new waterless surgical scrub gel that decreases microbial growth for up to six hours. 

Rising Number of Surgeries to Increase the Demand for Surgical Scrubs

Changing consumer eating habits and sedentary lifestyles have contributed to the prevalence of various chronic and cardiovascular diseases and obesity. Globally, around 17 million people die of cardiovascular diseases every year, as per the statistics recorded by the World Economic Forum, which has further surged the number of surgeries. The emerging and developing economies are witnessing a large number of road accidents every year. As per the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 90% of the road accidents occur in middle-income and low-income countries. Thus, the rising number of surgeries has increased the demand for surgical scrubs across the globe.

Increasing Number of Ambulatory Surgery Centres to Surge the Demand for Surgical Scrubs

Globally, there is a significant surge in hospital costs,which has become a leading concern for the patients. Thus, many patients prefer the ambulatory surgery centers, which are suitable for one-day surgeries and does not add up to healthcare costs. As per the statistics published by the American Health Association (AHA), there are over 9,000 ambulatory surgery centers in the U.S. Additionally, with the growing technological advancements in the healthcare sector, the ASCs are focusing on specialty services, such as neurology and plastic surgery.

The adoption of new technology in the healthcare sector and increased focus on self-esteem has given a boost to the number of cosmetic surgeries around the globe. As per the statistics recorded by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 18 million people had surgical cosmetic procedures in 2018. Since the past five years, cosmetic surgeries have been on the rise in the U.S.The lower costs associated with ambulatory surgery centers are gaining pace among the individuals, further contributing to a higher number of surgeries. Presurgical cleansing of the patient and surgical team is an important step for the prevention of surgical wound infections, which is further driving the market growth.

Surgical Scrub Market: Segmentation

Hospital: Largest Consumer of Surgical Scrubs

The hospital segment dominates the surgical scrub market as it is the largest consumer for surgical scrubs. An increasing number of private hospitals and surging government initiatives to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure drives the demand for surgical scrubs. Increasing awareness related to health insurance and consumers seeking improved treatments is positively impacting market growth. There has been a rise in the number of hospital-infected diseases, which is creating a need for higher safety standards.

Antimicrobial Properties of Alcohol-Based Surgical Scrubs to Drive Its Adoption across the End-Users

By content, the alcohol-based surgical scrub holds the highest market share as they are the most effective antimicrobials for preoperative surgical preparation. Various studies have shown that most of the doctors prefer alcohol-based surgical scrubs as they help in reducing the bacterial count. Alcohol-based formulations of the surgical scrubs also help in obstructing the regrowth of bacteria. Thus, increasing awareness regarding alcohol-based surgical scrubs drives the segment growth.

Regional Overview

Surgical-Scrub-Market-Regional Analysis

Government Initiatives and Rising Medical Tourism to Drive Asia-Pacific’s Market Growth

Asia-Pacific dominates the surgical scrub market and is expected to continue to the same during the forecast period on account of the increasing prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, rising number of surgeries, growing geriatric population,and burgeoning medical tourism, particularly in India and China.

During 2010–2016, China witnessed a rapid growth in the number of hospitals, which is from 7,666 to a total of 28,500. In India, government initiatives to permit 100% FDI inthe pharma sector contributes to the growth of the healthcare sector in Asia. The development of the healthcare sector and the higher penetration rate of advanced surgery equipment and technologies drive the regional market growth. The below-mentioned info-graph depicts the estimated market potential for the regions during the forecast period 2020–2029. 

Stringent Standards Adopted by the Healthcare Facilities to Drive the Adoption of Surgical Scrubs in North America

North America is projected to grow at a significant rate on account of stringent standards adopted by the healthcare facilities and the rising number of surgeries in the region. Over a million Americans undergo a joint replacement surgery, which comprises of about 7,20,000 knee replacements and around 350,000 hip replacements.In the U.S., the estimated surgical site infections range from 160,000 to 300,000 and have created a need for surgical scrubs. Apart from this, the region is also backed by the presence of leading market players.

Key Players

  • 3M Company
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Becton
  • Dickinson and Company (BD)
  • STERIS plc
  • Becta Laboratories
  • Faith Micro Solutions
  • BODE Chemie GmbH (Paul Hartmann AG)
  • GOJO Industries, Inc.
  • Medline Industries, Inc.
  • Reckitt Benckiser

Surgical Scrub Market: Segmentation

By Type

  • Gel
  • Bar
  • Foam
  • Wipe
  • Aerosol Foam

By End-User

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Laboratories

By Content

  • Alcohol-Based
  • Non-Alcohol-Based

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South America
  • The Middle-East and Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The rising number of surgeries and diseases, the rising number of surgeries, the growing technological advancements in the healthcare sector, adoption of new technology in the healthcare sector are the key factors expected to drive Surgical Scrub Market during the forecast period.
3M Company, Ecolab Inc., Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BD), STERIS plc, Becta Laboratories, Faith Micro Solutions, BODE Chemie GmbH, GOJO Industries, Inc., Medline Industries, Inc., Reckitt Benckiser are the top players in Surgical Scrub Market.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in Surgical Scrub Market.
Hospital Segment is expected to be the leading segment in Surgical Scrub Market during the forecast period.
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