An estimated 2% of the population in the U.S. suffers with chronic nonhealing wounds, whose treatment cost is estimated at $50 billion every year. These wounds are further complicated by bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment. Bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) infections form a structure similar to biofilms, which is resistant to conventional antibiotics. Current medical therapies lack the ability to successfully heal the wounds in a predictable amount of time.

Wound healing usually consists of four major stages. Hemostasis followed by inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling. Bacterial infections prevent wounds from healing beyond the inflammation stage and result in delayed healing times. Inactivation of bacteria is a key issue for wound healing and can result in faster wound healing times.

Cold atmospheric pressure plasmas are a rich source of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) that can inactivate bacteria. In addition, UV...

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