EWMA 2020: EWMA-ISTAP Key session: Skin Tears and Frail Skin in Patients: Update and Discussion


  1. Evaluate the evidence in support of the validity of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panels (ISTAP) skin tear classification system
  2. Discuss appropriate strategies for the prevention and management of skin tears in individuals
  3. Define the concept of skin frailty
  4. Appraise the role of primary closure for skin tears


The pathway to skin tears (in-depth aetiological discussion, risk factors and associated prevention)

Dimitri Beeckman, Prof., Belgium 

Ghent University

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Frail skin as a risk factor for skin tear development - Medical perspective

Sylvie Meaume, Dr., France

Chef de Service de Gériatrie - Plaies et Cicatrisation 

Treatment of complex skin tears (e.g., lower limb oedema, anti-coagulation therapy, necrotic tissue, infection, haematoma management) 

Kimberly LeBlanc, PhD RN WOCC(C) IIWCC, Canada

University of Western Ontario 

Skin tear education: current and future perspectives 

Samantha Holloway, MSc, United Kingdom

Cardiff University School of Medicine

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