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The Use of Cold Atmospheric Pressure Plasma (CAP) in Cardiac Surgery

  • Lutz Hilker
  • Thomas von Woedtke
  • Rüdiger Titze
  • Klaus-Dieter Weltmann
  • Wolfgang Motz
  • Hans-Georg Wollert
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Abstract

Measures and practices which can reduce the risk of wound infections for surgical interventions or which can be used to quickly and easily heal such infections, are also particularly important for cardiovascular surgery. The first applications of the kinPen Med in our clinic have shown encouraging results. In particular, the disinfectant effect on intertriginous wound healing disturbances prior to surgical interventions and the obvious acceleration of wound granulation and epithelialisation on superficial macerations of the skin or at points of contact between foreign bodies and the skin, are made clear by our examples. Investigations are still needed to determine to what extent protective effects can be achieved through intraoperative or direct postoperative application. First investigations on user safety whilst using the kinPen Med show no danger to the operator and patient caused by ozone concentrations emitted during use.

Keywords

Cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAP) Driveline Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) Cardiac surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lutz Hilker
    • 1
  • Thomas von Woedtke
    • 2
  • Rüdiger Titze
    • 3
  • Klaus-Dieter Weltmann
    • 3
  • Wolfgang Motz
    • 1
  • Hans-Georg Wollert
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinic for Cardiovascular SurgeryKlinikum Karlsburg, Heart and Diabetes CenterKarlsburgGermany
  2. 2.Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) and University Medicine Greifswald, Institute for Hygiene and Environmental MedicineGreifswaldGermany
  3. 3.Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP)GreifswaldGermany

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