| Use of hospital stands is a necessity while providing healthcare to inpatients and those being treated in the emergency and trauma departments. Hospital stands are mostly used to administer blood, medicines, and other feeds to patients. Further, the stands are mostly used in conjunction with intravenous kits. The demand for hospital supplies such as intravenous catheters has been rising. For example, the US intravenous catheter market was worth $630 million per year in 1998, with an estimated growth rate of 10.2% during the period 1998-2003. The global intravenous catheter market on the other hand was estimated about $840 million in 1998, with a growth rate of 10.4% over the same period. In general, the furniture market too has been growing. Within the European Union (EU), the it grew from $73.0 million in 2005 to $75.5 by 2006, and further growing from $78.2 million in 2007 to $80.9 by 2008.