EWMA 2022: Skin tears

Objectives

Although commonly associated with the older adult population, skin tears can also occur in the critically ill, paediatric, and premature neonatal populations. A comprehensive risk assessment should include assessment of the individual’s general health (chronic/critical disease, polypharmacy, and cognitive, sensory, visual, auditory, and nutritional status), mobility (history of falls, impaired mobility, dependent activities, mechanical trauma), and skin (extremes of age, fragile skin, previous skin tears). This focus session will cover the fundamentals of skin tear prevention and treatment, including skin tear classification, dressing selection, skin tear treatment and methods for wound edge re-approximation .

Learning objectives:
- Appreciate the epidemiology, classification, aetiology, prevention and treatment
- Understanding the principles of skin tears in acute care settings
- Understanding the methods for wound edge re-approximation

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