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Prevention and Management of Skin Tears

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

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: July 2009 - Volume 22 - Issue 7 - p 325-332
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000305484.60616.e8

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.

In this continuing education activity, the authors review the risks and causes of skin tears, a classification system, and treatment and prevention strategies.

Kim LeBlanc, BScN, RN, ET, MN • Advanced Practice Nurse and Ostomy, Wound Care Consultant • KDS Professional Consulting • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWOCN, APN, DAPWCA, FAAN • Certified Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse and Advanced Practice Nurse • President • Wound Care Dynamics, Inc • Shorewood, IL

Ms Baranoski has disclosed that she is/was a consultant/advisor to Mölnlycke Health Care and 3M and is/was a member of the speaker's bureau for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Ms LeBlanc has disclosed that she is a member of the speaker's bureau for Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Mölnlycke Health Care, KCI Medical, and Hollister, and was a member of the speaker's bureau for ConvaTec. All staff in a 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.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc, has identified and resolved all faculty and staff conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

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