Journal of Wound Management Special issue July 2022

Current advances in risk assessment, prevention and treatment of skin tears 

Guest Editors: Prof. Dimitri Beeckman (Ghent University, Belgium; Örebro University, Sweden) and Ms. Samantha Holloway (Cardiff University School of Medicine, UK).

The Journal of Wound Management (JOWM) will publish a special issue focusing on recent advances in risk assessment, prevention, and treatment of skin tears.
Healthy skin is strong, resilient and has a high repair capacity. However, due to ageing and altered physiology, skin integrity may be compromised in certain populations. Individuals with increased skin vulnerability are at increased risk for a number of skin lesions, with skin tears being one of the most common conditions. Skin tears are superficial traumatic wounds that occur primarily in the elderly as a result of friction or a combination of friction and shear, resulting in separation of the epidermis from the dermis (partial thickness) or complete separation of the epidermis and dermis from underlying structures (full thickness). Although considered more common than pressure ulcers and burns, many of the skin tears go unnoticed or unreported. 

In July 2022, the Journal of Wound Management will publish a special issue on skin tears. This issue will be published in collaboration with International Skin Tears Advisory Panel (ISTAP) as part of a global campaign to raise awareness of this particularly challenging health issue. The guest editors of this special issue are EWMA Council member and ISTAP President Prof. Dimitri Beeckman (Ghent University, Belgium; Örebro University, Sweden) and ISTAP President Elect Ms. Samantha Holloway (Cardiff University School of Medicine, UK).
The purpose of this special issue is to provide a collection of articles on skin tears that have not been extensively covered in JOWM and that have the potential to be of high interest to the international readership. We welcome submissions for this special issue on skin tears of the highest scientific quality and relevance to clinicians, patients and their caregivers, researchers, industry, educators, and policy makers. 
Research papers reporting basic research, clinical trials (randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, epidemiologic research), instrument development and validation, quality improvement projects, and educational interventions are particularly welcome.
The goal of this special issue is to promote the advancement of risk assessment, prevention, and treatment in the field of skin tears. Authors are encouraged to contact one of the guest editors prior to submission if they are unsure whether their work is appropriate for the special issue.

All papers will be subject to peer review.

Extended deadline: The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2022

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Extended submission deadline: 1 February 2022


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