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Assessing and managing skin tears in older people

Maintaining the integrity of aging skin can pose a challenge for healthcare professionals working with older people, says Annie Clothier.

Skin tears are acute, traumatic injuries, presenting predominantly in the elderly. They occur principally on the extremities as a result of friction and shearing forces which separate the principal layers of the skin.1

Skin tears were first defined in 1993.2 Some are unavoidable, but many are considered preventable.2,3 Although they are perceived to be common among the elderly, these types of wounds often go unreported, especially in the community setting.4

The majority of prevalence and incidence data originates from the USA and Australia. To date, there is no robust prevalence data available for the UK. Therefore the financial impact of skin tears on the NHS is not fully known.5

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