Wound EssentialsWound Essentials 11 (1) Caring for people with skin tears

Wound Essentials 11 (1) Caring for people with skin tears

Acute wounds | June Ewart

Skin tears are acute wounds, occurring as the result of a fall, blunt trauma, poor manual handling or damage from equipment. They cause unnecessary pain, discomfort, anxiety, and stress to patients and their families, and may result in extended treatment time if not managed appropriately, increasing the risk of infection to damaged skin, and impacting negatively on quality of life. This article explores the various aspects of assessment, classification, treatment and management of skin tears.