FEATURE ARTICLESUpdate on Dermatoporosis What Nurses Need to KnowVanzi, Valentina; Toma, ElenaAuthor Information Valentina Vanzi, RN, Center of Excellence of Nursing Scholarship, IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Rome Italy. Elena Toma, RN, Rome, Italy. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Valentina Vanzi, RN, University Department of Pediatrics, IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Piazza Sant'Onofrio 4, Rome, Italy 00165. E-mail: [email protected] Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association: 11/12 2020 - Volume 12 - Issue 6 - p 293-297 doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000578 Buy Metrics Abstract Skin fragility caused by structural and functional deterioration is ubiquitous especially in older people, and it determines a significant impact on quality of life. Dermatoporosis is a relatively new term used to describe the chronic skin insufficiency and fragility syndrome marked by morphological and functional manifestations. It is much more than a merely cosmetic problem. Dermatoporosis' manifestations may determine an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Severe stages of dermatoporosis may determine skin lacerations, deep dissecting hematomas, and skin necrosis. Most patients affected by dermatoporosis are between 70 and 90 years old, but first clinical signs may start at around 40–60 years. Nurses have a key role in preventing dermatoporosis and managing its complications, promoting patients' safety and skin integrity. Copyright © 2020 by the Dermatology Nurses’ Association.