skin tears and treatment, wound dressings, best practices



  1. LeBlanc, Kimberly MN, RN, CETN(C), PhD (Student)
  2. Baranoski, Sharon MSN, RN, CWCN, APN-CCNS, FAAN
  3. Christensen, Dawn MHScN, RN, CETN(C)
  4. Langemo, Diane PhD, RN, FAAN
  5. Edwards, Karen MSS, BSN, RN, CWOCN
  6. Holloway, Samantha MSc, RN
  7. Gloeckner, Mary MS, RN, COCN, CWCN
  8. Williams, Ann BSN, RN, BC, CWOCN
  9. Campbell, Karen PhD, RN, MClSc(WH)
  10. Alam, Tarik BScN, RN, ET, MClSc(WH)
  11. Woo, Kevin Y. PhD, RN, ACNP, GNC(C), FAPWCA


PURPOSE: To provide information about product selection for the 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 participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Explain skin tear (ST) risk factors and assessment guidelines.


2. Identify best practice treatments for STs, including the appropriate dressings for each ST type.


ABSTRACT: To aid healthcare professionals in product selection specific for skin tears, the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel conducted a systematic literature review and 3-phase Delphi consensus with a panel of international reviewers to provide the best available evidence for product selection related to the treatment of skin tears.