Prevention and management of skin tears in older people
Lorna McInulty Senior lecturer in emergency and unscheduled care, University of Central Lancashire School of Health Sciences, Preston, England
Skin tears are frequently encountered in emergency and unscheduled care, and are prevalent in older people. Patients may present soon after an acute skin tear, or at a later stage when the wound presentation is different and there are complications. This article describes evidence-based recommendations and strategies for the prevention, assessment and management of skin tears, discusses risk factors and explains when to refer patients for specialist management.
Emergency Nurse. 25, 3,32-39. doi: 10.7748/en.2017.e1687
Received: 01 January 2017
Accepted: 21 February 2017
Published in print: 15 June 2017Peer review
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