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Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000305487.06358.a9
Features: Clinical Management Extra

Prevention and Management of Skin Tears

LeBlanc, Kim BScN, RN, ET, MN; Baranoski, Sharon MSN, RN, CWOCN, APN, DAPWCA, FAAN

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To provide the wound care practitioner with evidence-informed information on the prevention and management of skin tears.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

1. Identify risks and causes of and a classification system for skin tears.

2. Discuss the treatment and prevention of skin tears.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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