The plasma care® for physicians
The plasma care® is a hand-held and portable medical device for wound disinfection. It uses cold atmospheric plasma to kill microorganisms that counteract the healing process efficiently. To current knowledge the human tissue is not damaged in any way. Nowadays, plasma technology is state-of-the-art in wound care.
The process of wound care remains almost unchanged. Wound disinifection can be carried out with the plasma care® or complemented by the plasma treatment.
The treatment with the plasma care®
- Efficient reduction of bacteria in vitro
- Elimination of multi-drug resistant organisms in vitro
- To date no development of resistances observed
- To date no side effects or allergies observed
- Pre-clinical research indicates that plasma treatment can support wound healing
- To date no tissue damage or pain during treatment observed
- Treatment of large wounds is possible
- Only 1 minute per application
- Portable and easy-to-use
- Also suitable for patients with cardiac pacemakers
- No noble gasses
- No electrical current through the skin
- Application by healthcare professionals
A clinical trial with the plasma care® is currently ongoing.
A treatment with the plasma care® cannot be performed on:
- Wounds with heavy and acute bleeding
- Wounds at exposed inner organs (surgical area)
- Wounds at mucous membranes
- Wounds in the head and neck area
- Children unter the age of 12 years
Other than that, the plasma care® can be used for all kinds of wounds, also as a prophylactic measure.
The treatment procedure
After the wound has been cleaned manually from rough contaminants, the plasma care® is switched on and a sterile spacer is attached. The spacer is gently placed onto the skin of the patient and the treatment is initiated. After 60 seconds the plasma care® can be moved, to treat additional wounds or large wound areas. After 6 individual treatments at most, the spacer needs to be discarded according to the applicable regulations.
Here you can watch the treatment procedure in a 2 minute-video. The clip gives a first impression, the dubbing is in process.
The treatment with the plasma care® is guaranteed to be hygienic. The sterile spacer, the only piece of the equipment that comes into contact with the patient, has to be replaced after each treatment. If this does not take place, the plasma care® will recognize the invalid spacer and cannot be started-up.
The mechanism of action
Cold plasma consists of a partially ionized gas. It causes the cell membrane to become porous for a few microseconds. The free DNA, which is present in the prokaryotic cells of bacteria, can then be destroyed by the entering reactive plasma species. In contrast to this, eukaryotic human cells are safe, because the DNA is protected inside the nucleus and cell biological mechanisms also provide protection. Thus, to current knowledge human cells are not damaged by the tratment with the plasma care®.
The application of plasma technology in medicine has already been researched for several years and is widely accepted today. Efficient wound disinfection with cold plasma was, for example, verified and carefully studied in the course of clinical trials at the university hospital Regensburg and the hospital München Schwabing that lasted for several years. These trials were supported by the terraplasma group. A highly significant reduction of the bacterial load was proven, while the treatment had no side effects. Furthermore, there was some evidence for an improved and accelerated wound healing process.
In the summer of 2019 another clinical trial was initiated to examine the treatment of patients with infected chronic wounds with the plasma care®. This trial will last for about 12 months and is carried out at four clinical trial sites in Munich, Recklinghausen, Detmold and Regensburg.
Because the plasma technology is an innovative therapeutic approach, the treatment with the plasma care® is not covered by statutory German health insurances at present and is an auxiliary private service instead. We wish to achieve fair pricing for this novel effective type of wound disinfection and are happy to advise you on financial aspects. Furthermore, we continually work on expanding the available data to enable cost distribution to the statutory health insurances in the future.
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