Optimal Range and Efficacy of Nitric Oxide from a Plasma Source for Wound Healing in Diabetics

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Jim Browning


Nitric oxide (NO) is an important signalling molecule for wound healing. A plasma source that produces NO can be used to provide the necessary NO for healing in diabetic patients where its production is impeded or absent. Determining the optimal range at which NO can be detected from an atmospheric plasma source is critical for plasma medicine as it applies to chronic wounds in diabetic patients. In addition to NO, the plasma source may produce other potentially toxic or non­beneficial byproducts, such as CON, NO2, CO2, and O2. The gas detector utilized in this study is also able to detect these byproducts, as well as NO.. Knowing the range at which the toxic gases and ionized particles can be detected is essential for determining the toxicity of the device and its effectiveness for producing NO. Additionally, NO­sensitive bioluminescent organisms will be used to detect the production of nitric oxide in an In Vitro study.

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