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skin tears, older adults



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


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.