Electrical field landscape of two electroceuticals

Olov Wahlsten, Jeff Skiba, Inder Makin, Peter Apell

Abstract


In recent years several electrical wound management systems, so called electroceuticals, have been introduced claiming an induced electrical response in the wounded tissue. Some have external current and voltage sources while others have internal constructions aiming at creating necessary therapeutic currents. We investigate two representative electroceuticals by mapping out their electrical field landscapes using a previously developed skin model within a numerical simulation scheme. We find very strong fields from the electroceuticals of the order of 1 kV/m amenable for electrotaxic influence on pertinent cell types for wound healing. Current densities can locally be as high as 1 A/cm^2.

Keywords


Wound; Electroceutical; Skin; Modeling; Electric field; Current; Potential

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/jeb.2693