Air tools are one of the categories contributing towards the global market for surgical power tools, which is forecasted for steady growth throughout the remainder of the decade.
Air power tools take their energy from compressed air, working alongside and in place of other options like battery power or mains electricity.
This compressed air can be delivered either using compressed nitrogen or carbon dioxide gas, or using an air compressor – many of which can supply a quiet, clean and reliable flow of compressed air even in a small and enclosed environment.
Market analysts Technavio have looked at all of the different types of surgical power tools, including mass-market saws, drills and reamers, as well as specific applications like fixing implants during surgery.
Their report forecasts a compound annual growth rate for the global market of 3.2% between 2016 and the end of the current decade.
“Surgical power tools are specially manufactured devices that utilise different sources of energy for carrying out a particular action,” the report states.
“These power tools are used in orthopaedic; thoracic; oral; neurology; and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeries.”
One of the trends identified in the report is a move towards single-use power tools for surgical procedures, and again air tools are an ideal option here.
By using interchangeable tool heads with a single medical-grade air compressor, there is no need to discard the power source when a single-use surgical power tool is thrown away.
This helps to ensure continued performance and reliability from the air compressor itself, which can provide the expected output of compressed air, while the tools attached to its hose can be reused or disposed of, in whichever way is most appropriate.
With a further trend away from manual tools identified, the future for surgical power tools – and for surgical air tools in particular – seems set not just until 2020, but into the next decade as well.