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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | February 2019

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Skin tears: prevention and management in the elderly

Skin tears: prevention and management in the elderly
Skin Care

Article topics: Classification, Prevention, Skin Care, Skin tears

Skin tears are a largely preventable common injury, particularly in the elderly. However, if not managed appropriately, they have the potential to develop into problematic wounds. This article discusses their classification, why they are common in ageing skin, gives advice on correct wound management strategies and how assessing the patient and their environment and simple strategies can be employed to prevent their reoccurrence.