Cold atmospheric plasma devices for medical issues.

TitleCold atmospheric plasma devices for medical issues.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsIsbary G, Shimizu T, Li Y-F, Stolz W, Thomas HM, Morfill GE, Zimmermann JL
JournalExpert review of medical devices
Date Published2013 May

Cold atmospheric plasma science is an innovative upcoming technology for the medical sector. The plasma composition and subsequent effects on cells, tissues and pathogens can vary enormously depending on the plasma source, the plasma settings and the ambient conditions. Cold atmospheric plasmas consist of a highly reactive mix of ions and electrons, reactive molecules, excited species, electric fields and to some extent also UV radiation. In the last year, this partly ionized gas has been demonstrated to have a broad antimicrobial activity, while resistance and resistance development are unlikely. Furthermore, recent research has indicated that plasmas also have a strong influence on various cell lines and cell functions, including anticancer properties. This review summarizes the major plasma designs available and their main benefits, as well as assessing possible risks of this new technology.

Alternate JournalExpert Rev Med Devices