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With the pervasive nature of skin disorders among the elderly, identifying viable solutions often presents an elusive challenge. An innovative technology solution promotes faster wound healing with the use of plasma.

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Plasma Speeds Wound Healing

Many people suffer from skin disorders. Open wounds are a particularly acute problem, especially among the elderly. PlasmaDerm, a new medical technology solution, uses plasma to facilitate faster healing of wounds.

Skin disorders are a common problem. Atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and chronic venous leg ulcers, typically caused by diabetes or varicose veins, can cause patients years of suffering. Working collaboratively with business and academic entities, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST has successfully developed the new medical technology solution for treating wounds and skin disorders. Plasma promotes wound healing when it is applied directly to the skin.

“All you feel is a slight tingling sensation,” says professor Wolfgang Viöl from Fraunhofer IST. A device approximately the size and shape of a pocket flashlight delivers the plasma in the form of ionized gas, the only evidence of which appears in the form of a faint purple mist.

PlasmaDerm, a novel wound care solution, was developed by a team comprising medical professionals, biologists, physicists, and engineers. For the first time, the device is capable of generating a nonthermal or cold plasma directly on the skin at atmospheric pressure. The patented method involves placing the electrode of the device close to the skin, with the skin itself acting as the second electrode. A high voltage is then applied across the gap, and the resulting electric fields convert the area between the electrode and the skin into nonthermal plasma.

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