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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | April 2019

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Skin tears: a case-based and practical overview of prevention, assessment and management

Skin tears: a case-based and practical overview of prevention, assessment and management
Skin Care

Article topics: Arterial leg ulcers, Assessment, Atypical, Chronic wounds, Differential diagnosis, Leg ulcers, Venous leg ulcers

Skin tears are a common type of tissue injury, which often go unrecognised and misdiagnosed. Furthermore, classification and documentation of skin is often poor, resulting in chronic wounds with associated adverse patient outcomes. The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) recently updated the International Best Practice Guidelines and definition of a skin tear based on emerging evidence and expert discussion and consensus. This article presents a discussion of the epidemiology, risk factors and causes of skin tears. In addition, the most recent best practice recommendations for the prevention, assessment, and management of skin tears is summarised.