The plasma care® in wound care

The plasma care® is a handy and mobile medical device for the treatment of wounds, especially chronic wounds. The device produces cold atmospheric plasma to effectively kill microorganisms, such as bacteria (including MRE), that counteract healing. According to previous knowledge, the treatment does not damage human tissue . Today, plasma technology is state of the art in wound care.

The process of  of wound care

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The wound treatment process remains almost unchanged.
The plasma care® is used after the debridement. After treatment with plasma care®,
the treatment is continued as usual.

The application of
the plasma care
®

1. Fasten the spacer

3. Place your thumb on the touch button

5. Take your thumb away, hold the device

2. Switch on the device using the touch button

4. Place the plasma care directly on the wound

6. Repeat at larger wounds

This is how cold plasma works on bacteria

The reactive species generated by plasma can interact with cells in different ways. The effects are physical (e.g. recombination or excitation of excited molecules/atoms at the surface) or chemical (e.g. hydrogen denaturation by interaction of hydroxyl radicals). In prokaryotic cells, this directly results in destruction of cellular macromolecules, including DNA, and the microorganism is inactivated. On the other hand human eukaryotic cells are much better protected and thus are not damaged by the plasma care® treatment.

The patient is neither exposed to radiation nor does electricity flow through the skin. You can find more about plasma technology under “Technology”

This is how cold plasma affects human cells

Human cells are protected against the effects of plasma due to the cell nucleus and the cellular repair mechanisms. It was observed in-vitro that the oxidative stress caused by the cold plasma stimulates cell biological survival mechanisms. This is one possible explanation for the improved wound healing seen on some patients.

The advantages at a glance

  • Effective reduction of bacteria
  • Elimination of multi-resistant pathogenes
  • No development of resistances are known
  • No tissue damage is known
  • Safe, painless treatment – no pain has been reported during treatment
  • Portable and easy-to-use
  • No electrical current through the skin
  • Also suitable for patients with cardic pacemakers
  • No nobel gases

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 you a first impression, the dubbing is in process.