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International Skin Tear Advisory Panel: A Tool Kit to Aid in the Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Skin Tears Using a Simplified Classification System©

LeBlanc, Kimberly MN, RN, CETN(C), IIWCC; Baranoski, Sharon MSN, RN, CWCN, APN-CCNS, MAPWCA, FAAN; Christensen, Dawn MHScN, RN, CETN(C), IIWCC; Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN; Sammon, Mary Ann BSN, CWCN; Edwards, Karen MSS, BSN, RN, CWOCN; Holloway, Samantha MSc, RN; Gloeckner, Mary MS, RN, COCN, CWCN; Williams, Ann BSN, RN, BC, CWOCN; Sibbald, R. Gary BSc, MD, FRCP(Med)(Derm), Med, MAPWCA; Regan, Mary PhD, RN, CNS, CWCN, NP

doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000434056.04071.68
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE: To enhance the learner’s competence with knowledge regarding utilization of a tool kit to aid in the prevention, assessment, and treatment 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 participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of skin tear prevention and classification as presented in the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel’s tool kit.

2. Apply information from the skin tear tool kit to patient care scenarios.

ABSTRACT: The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel has created a tool kit for the prevention, identification, and treatment of skin tears. The tool kit is based on extensive literature reviews, international input from healthcare professionals, and on expert opinion. It has undergone a modified Delphi process.

This continuing education activity reviews the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel’s tool kit for the prevention, assessment, and treatment of skin tears. The tool kit is based on extensive literature reviews, international input from healthcare professionals, and expert opinion.

Kimberly LeBlanc, MN, RN, CETN(C), IIWCC • Consultant • KDS Professional Consulting • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN-CCNS, MAPWCA, FAAN • President • Wound Care Dynamics Inc • Shorewood, Illinois

Dawn Christensen, MHScN, RN, CETN(C), IIWCC • Consultant • KDS Professional Consulting • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN • President and Consultant • Langemo & Associates • University of North Dakota • Grand Forks

Mary Ann Sammon, BSN, CWCN • Enterprise Wound Care Manager • Cleveland Clinic • Ohio

Karen Edwards, MSS, BSN, RN, CWOCN • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse • University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital

Samantha Holloway, MSc, RN • Senior Lecturer/Course Director • Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, Wound Healing Research Unit, Institute for Translation, Innovation, Methodology and Engagement, School of Medicine • Cardiff University • United Kingdom

Mary Gloeckner, MS, RN, COCN, CWCN • Wound/Ostomy Clinical Nurse Specialist • Rock Island, Illinois

Ann Williams, BSN, RN, BC, CWOCN • Wound/Ostomy Care Coordinator • Reston Hospital Center • Virginia

R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCP(Med)(Derm), MEd, MAPWCA • Professor of Public Health and Medicine • Director • International Interprofessional Wound Care Course and Master of Science in Community Health • Dalla Lana School of Public Health • University of Toronto • Ontario, Canada

Mary Regan, PhD, RN, CNS, CWCN, NP • Director of Clinical Affairs • Hollister Incorporated • Libertyville, Illinois

©International Skin Tear Advisory Panel, 2013.

Acknowledgments: The Skin Tear Expert Panel thanks the following individuals for their special contributions to this project: Kimberly LeBlanc, MN, RN, CETN(C), IIWCC, and Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN-CCNS, MAPWCA, FAAN, for their leadership, dedication, and timeless efforts put forth in making this document a reality; R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCP(Med)(Derm), MEd, MAPWCA, for his support and guidance; the entire International Skin Tear Advisory Panel; Keryln Carville, PhD, RN, STN(Cred); and Mary Regan, PhD, RN, CNS, CWCN, NP. The work of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Hollister Incorporated, Libertyville, Illinois.

All authors, staff, and planners, including spouses/partners (if any), in any position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

To earn CME credit, you must read the CME article and complete the quiz and evaluation on the enclosed answer form, answering at least 13 of the 18 questions correctly.

This continuing educational activity will expire for physicians on October 31, 2014.

Authors’ disclaimer: The choice to use any part of the tool kit recommendations must be made by the healthcare professional in light of the available resources and circumstances presented by individual patients. Nothing contained in this guideline is to be considered medical advice for specific cases or endorsement of a specific product.

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