Pressure Mapping Systems are devices used by healthcare professionals to get detailed information about pressure distribution points in patients. Pressure mapping systems can be simple pressure mats with sensors that provide information about pressure points between the patient’s skin and surface. This information can be used by healthcare professionals to prevent a possible injury to a patient which can occur due to excessive pressure on a certain part of the body. Pressure mapping systems can be used to diagnose pressure ulcers in patients who are confined to bed or for patients using wheelchairs for a longer duration of time. Alzheimer’s disease, amputation, multiple sclerosis, and paralysis are some of the conditions that increase the risk of pressure ulcers, thus, anticipated to drive the demand for pressure mapping devices.
Rising prevalence of conditions such as traumatic spinal cord injuries is attributed to a considerable increase in the demand for pressure mapping devices due to prolonged use of a wheelchair or the patients being bedridden. According to an article by National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Centre, in the U.S., in 2021, 54 cases of traumatic spinal cord injuries per million people were reported. This factor is expected to increase the demand for pressure mapping devices during the forecast period.
Foot insoles with pressure mapping systems can be used to diagnose and prevent injuries in patients and athletes. Clinicians can get information about the pressure points of a patient with the help of these foot insoles which provide data to evaluate stability and balance in patients based on which they can provide recommendations about treatment or rehabilitation services. Foot insoles have application in sports injuries and conditions such as foot abnormalities and poor balance. Furthermore, the availability of technologically advanced products in the market is anticipated to boost the demand for pressure mapping systems during the forecast period. For instance, in December 2021, Tekscan announced the launch of FScan 64 2.0 which is a cord-free, bluetooth enabled in-shoe pressure mapping system. The system is an ultrathin and flexible pressure sensing array, which fits in the shoes of the patient and captures force, pressure, and temporal gait data that in turn helps clinicians to identify dysfunctions and identify & correct asymmetries & issues in the gait cycle.
Some of the key players in the market are Tekscan, Inc., FUJIFILM, Sensor Products Inc., PPS, Fraunhofer, XSENSOR Technology Corporation, Vista Medical, and FSRTEK.Various strategies such as product launches, collaborations, merger and acquisitions are adopted by these key players to increase the market share. For instance, In March 2021, XSENSOR announced that its ForeSite Intelligent Surface mattress, a sensor-based AI-powered continuous skin monitoring solution was ready for clinical trials and evaluation. The mattress system will allow clinicians to improve patient safety, provide individualized care and reduce staff workload. The mattress system helps to continuously monitor pressure and skin risk with the mattress or an overlay. The system can also track high-risk patients and body regions using detailed image visualizations.