Wound bleeding control by low temperature air plasma

Spencer Kuo, Cheng Yen Chen, Chuan Shun Lin, Shu Hsing Chiang

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Abstract

A portable low temperature air plasma torch was used to control bleeding from wounds. As animal models, two pigs were used in the tests: one for the plasma treatment, and the other as the untreated control. Plasma effects on the bleeding times of three types of wounds (straight cut and cross cut in the ham area, and a hole in the saphenous vein of an ear) were examined. The results were that this plasma torch shortened the bleeding time for these three types of wounds from about 3 min to 18 s, about 4 min to 13 s, and 88 s to 15 s, respectively. Emission spectroscopy of the torch was performed to explore the reactive species carried by the plasma effluent of the torch. The results show that this torch carries abundant reactive atomic oxygen (RAO), which is the dominant reactive species in the plasma effluent. RAO can activate erythrocyteplatelet interactions to enhance blood coagulation for plug formation. The present tests indicate that RAO can also penetrate through the skin surrounding the wound to block capillary blood flow to the wound.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5456161
Pages (from-to)1908-1914
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Volume38
Issue number8 PART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

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Keywords

  • Atomic oxygen generation
  • bleeding control
  • blood coagulation
  • emission spectroscopy
  • plasma torch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Kuo, S., Chen, C. Y., Lin, C. S., & Chiang, S. H. (2010). Wound bleeding control by low temperature air plasma. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 38(8 PART 2), 1908-1914. [5456161]. https://doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2010.2047028

Wound bleeding control by low temperature air plasma. / Kuo, Spencer; Chen, Cheng Yen; Lin, Chuan Shun; Chiang, Shu Hsing.

In: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 38, No. 8 PART 2, 5456161, 08.2010, p. 1908-1914.

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Kuo, S, Chen, CY, Lin, CS & Chiang, SH 2010, 'Wound bleeding control by low temperature air plasma', IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 38, no. 8 PART 2, 5456161, pp. 1908-1914. https://doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2010.2047028
Kuo, Spencer ; Chen, Cheng Yen ; Lin, Chuan Shun ; Chiang, Shu Hsing. / Wound bleeding control by low temperature air plasma. In: IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. 2010 ; Vol. 38, No. 8 PART 2. pp. 1908-1914.
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