In addition to bacteria, cold plasmas have the properties needed to safely and efficiently inactivate fungi, viruses, spores and odor molecules. In more than 3,500 examples in several clinical trials, physicians found plasmas can disinfect chronic wounds and help wounds heal faster. This revolution in healthcare has many application areas: medical technology, water treatment, odor management and hygiene. Submarine crews and staff working in isolation for long periods could also benefit from cold plasma treatments.
This technology might one day make it into our homes. [This publication was originally published in 2015. Since then it has and you are looking at a company that has the products!] In space, it can provide huge benefits for astronaut health such as treating skin ailments, or for hygiene and the purification of water.
The percentage of people affected by chronic wounds is rising, especially among the aging population. A start-up company, terraplasma medical GmbH, is now focused on developing a small ergonometric hospital treatment device for chronic wounds. The first cold plasma devices will be available by the end of 2018 to hospitals worldwide.
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Last Updated: April 30, 2020 Editor: Michael Johnson