Patient Lateral Transfer Market Size & Share, by Product (Air Assisted Transfer, Regular, Split Legs, Half Legs); Usage (Disposable, Reusable, Sliding Sheets, Accessories); End-user (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

  • Report ID: 4305
  • Published Date: Jun 27, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Patient Lateral Transfer Market size is expected to cross USD 2 billion by the end of 2035, witnessing around 9% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of patient lateral transfer was USD 950 Million. The reason behind the growth is impelled by the increasing rate of hospitalization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A large number of industries across the globe were adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus. 

Patient lateral transfer equipment emerged as a safe and effective option to transfer patients after lockdowns were implemented and social distances were mandated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since February 2020, 4,226 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States, 31% of which have been hospitalized, 45% hospitalized in intensive care units, and 53% died.

The increasing rates of work injuries in hospitals are believed to fuel market growth. For instance, health professionals are exposed to a variety of occupational dangers, slips, stumbles, and falls which lead to dislocation, and shoulder strain injuries which lower their ability to perform tasks such as lifting, and transferring. This may result in higher demand for patient lateral transfer services. It was observed that over the last few years, workers in U.S. hospitals recorded roughly 7.8% of work-related injuries by the end of 2020.

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Patient Lateral Transfer Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 950 Million

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 2 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Patient Lateral Transfer Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Globally Rising Prevalence of Obesity– In the last 30 years, the prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled worldwide. In 2020, over 2.1 billion adults (40% of the world's population) were overweight. More than 590 million of them were obese. The condition of obesity and overweight increase the risk of more severe chronic diseases that require admission to a medical facility as a result of the condition's worsening. Heavy and overweight people require transferring facilities from one place to another. This factor is expected to expand the global patient lateral transfer market size during the forecast period.
  • Spiking Cases of Chronic Disorders- Chronic diseases frequently need long-term management which necessitates often visits to healthcare facilities for advanced treatment. This is expected to drive market growth in the coming future.


  • Invention Of Alternative Technologies– The biggest challenge has to be the invention and production of so many substitute technologies in the market. The patient lateral transfer market has a lot of substitute technologies that have the chance of replacing it any day.
  • Lack Of Skilled Medical Professionals
  • High Cost Associated with Health and Medical Treatment.

Patient Lateral Transfer Segmentation

Product (Air Assisted Transfer Mattresses, Regular Mattresses, Split Legs Mattresses, Half Legs Mattresses)

The regular mattresses segment is set to garner a notable share in the near future owing to its wide range of advantages and high level of utilization in various domains that consist of emergency settings, critical care, operation theatres, and many more. They enhance the overall transfer experience and patient comfort by reducing physical strain.

End-User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers)

The hospital segment is estimated to gain a robust market share in the coming years owing to the growing number of surgeries performed in hospitals. After surgery, most patients stay in the hospital for several days as they require close monitoring and specialized care. This may increase the demand for patient lateral transfer as patients are frequently moved from the operating room to recovery rooms within the hospital premises. For instance, over 300 million major surgeries are performed annually worldwide; approximately 45 million of these take place in the United States and 22 million in Europe. There is an increasing shift towards ambulatory surgical centers too across the world as a result of increasing operating room procedures as well as costly inpatient stays.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


  • Air Assisted Transfer Mattress
  • Regular Mattress
  • Split Legs Mattress
  • Half Mattress


  • Disposable
  • Reusable
  • Sliding Sheets
  • Accessories

     End User

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgical Center

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Patient Lateral Transfer Industry- Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

North America market is predicted to account for the largest share of 35% by 2035 impelled by the rise in medical tourism. Patients looking for affordable treatment are increasingly drawn to the possibility of medical tourism, and some of the top medical tourism destinations in the world are located in North America. Moreover, as more individuals travel to the region for medical purposes the demand for patient lateral is expected to rise since patients may need efficient and safe transfer services between airports, hospitals, hotels, and other healthcare facilities.

APAC Market Statistics

The Asia Pacific patient lateral transfer market is estimated to be the second largest, during the forecast timeframe led by increasing healthcare facilities. Moreover, this may improve the transfer facilities in the region and may enable ease in transferring patients to the hospital living in less equipped areas in the region to access specialized treatments.

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Companies Dominating the Patient Lateral Transfer Landscape

    • Stryker Corporation
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Blue Chip Medical, Inc.
    • Wideblue Ltd
    • Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
    • Arjo AB
    • Etac Group
    • McAuley Medical, Inc.
    • Medline Industries LP
    • Samarit Medical AG
    • Scan Medical Co Inc.


In The News

  • Stryker Corporation has opened a new high–tech facility at Anngrove, creating 600 additional jobs and hence strengthening its leadership in additive manufacturing in medical technologies.
  • Arjo AB acquired AirPal, a leader in the field of air-assisted patient transfers. By implementing the new strategy, Arjo will be able to strengthen its air-assisted lateral transfer solutions within the key US market.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 4305
  • Published Date: Jun 27, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Increasing rate of hospitalization caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing rates of work injuries in hospitals are the major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market size of Patient Lateral Transfer is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 9% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are Blue Chip Medical, Inc., Stryker Corporation, Wideblue Ltd, Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., Arjo AB, Etac Group, McAuley Medical, Inc., Medline Industries LP, Samaritan Medical AG, and Scan Medical Co Inc.

The hospitals segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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