New advances in wound care and closure were recently researched by practical nurse students at Edmonton’s NorQuest College.
Supervised by NorQuest instructor Harrison Applin, PhD, RN, Valentina Sagdeeva and Shannon McIvor’s paper, titled “Student Inquiry: Cold Plasma and Chitosan Wound Welding”, reports on an Israeli-developed wound closure procedure using cold helium plasma and chitosan film to effectively weld wounds closed.
Chitosan is a commercially-produced substance made from chitin, ”the structural element in the exoskeleton of crustaceans (e.g., crabs and shrimps) and the cell walls of fungi”, and offers “good biocompatibility and biodegradability and is capable of accelerating the wound healing process” (Hants et al., 2014, p. 4).
Their research also reports on the benefits of plasma treatment on patients and healthcare providers, and includes a case study on using this material and technique on a patient recovering from Caesarian section.
The CLPNA is pleased to spotlight this excellent student research.
For more research by and for Licensed Practical Nurses, see the “Research & Resources” section in CLPNA’s Supportive Documents.