Prevention and management of skin tears in older people
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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.

Correspondence l.mcinulty@btopenworld.com

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 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared