Skin Tear Prevention Campaign

Project period: 2021–ongoing

Since the inception of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) in 2011 there is an emerging body of evidence to support the prevention, assessment and management of skin tears.  Early recognition of people who are at risk of developing skin tears is an essential part of prevention and is vital to minimising incidence of avoidable skin tears.

 

In light of this, ISTAP and EWMA seeks to increase awareness about skin tear prevention through this joint effort.

 

EWMA, ISTAP and industry partners work together to organise a series of Skin Tear Prevention activities including a webinar series commencing in early 2022.

Below you can find additional information about the project working group and current activities included in the awareness campaign. Additional activities may be added later. 


Webinar Series: The science and practice of skin tears

EWMA and ISTAP are pleased to announce a webinar series that focus on skin tear prevention under the series' title The science and practice of skin tears.

The science and practice of skin tears - webinar 1
21 January 2022, 14.00-15.30 CET
Moderators: Samantha Holloway and Kim LeBlanc

The etiology and pathogenesis of skin tears
Speaker: Jan Kottner 

Pronation and the risk of skin tears (including prevention)
Speaker: Julia Bresnai Harris 

Pain and skin tears
Speaker: Hubert Vuagnat 

Knowledge translation into practice: Practice tips for using the ISTAP Skin Tear Algorithm in daily practice (case discussions)
Speaker: Heidi Hevia Campos

PRONEtect Practice Guidance Document - Skin Care Considerations for the Patient in the Prone Position
Speaker: Anika Fourie 

 

The science and practice of skin tears - webinar 2
25 March 2022, 14.00-15.30 CET
Moderator: Dimitri Beeckman 

Control of infection in skin tears
Speaker: Karen Ousey 

Protection of the peri-wound area
Speaker: Kim LeBlanc 

Knowledge translation into practice 1
Practice tips for using the ISTAP Skin Tear Algorithm in daily practice (case discussions)

Speaker: Steven Smet

Knowledge translation into practice 2
Disseminating Best Practice Recommendations: The German Experience

Speaker: Kerstin Protz 

PRONEtect Practice Guidance Document - Skin Care Considerations for the Patient in the Prone Position
Speaker: Anika Fourie 


Journal of Wound Management Special Issue

In May 2022 the Journal of Wound Management will publish a special issue focusing on recent advances in risk assessment, prevention, and treatment of skin tears. 

You can read more about the JOWM special issue on skin tears here

The link will provide you with a more comprehensive description of the special issue. Submission of papers is open untill 15 November 2021


Working group

  • Samantha Holloway, United Kingdom
    Reader and Programme Director, (MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair) Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine, College of Life and Biomedical Sciences at the Cardiff University, EWMA Council member and Chair of EWMA Education Committee and Teacher Network, EWMA Council member, ISTAP Board member (president elect)

 

  • Dimitri Beeckman, Belgium 
    Professor of Skin Integrity and Clinical Nursing at Ghent University, holds visiting professorships at the University of Surrey (UK), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ireland), the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), and Örebro University (Sweden), EWMA Council member, ISTAP Board member (president)

 

  • Kerstin Protz, Germany
    Project manager of wound research at University Medical Center of Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany and self-employed author, wound care counsellor and lecturer, EWMA Councill member

 

  • Hubert Vuagnat, Switzerland
    MD, Head of Division, Board member of the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care, Head of the University Hospitals of Geneva Interdisciplinary Wound Care Team, Doctors without borders, senior advisor on advanced woundcare, EWMA Councill member

Project sponsor

The ISTAP-EWMA Skin Tear Prevention Campaign project is supported with an unrestricted grant by: