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Skin tears can have serious consequences for patients with frail skin

Supplier: HealthSaver By: Ian Lancaster
19 December, 2018

The prevention of skin tears and helping to maintain skin integrity on the limbs of the elderly and those suffering from compromising skin conditions is of paramount importance.

Unlike pressure injuries, skin tears are a result of immediate trauma to the skin. However, just as pressure injuries have different classifications depending on their severity, so do skin tears. They are classified according to the Skin Tear Audit Research (STAR) classification system:

Category 1a – a skin tear where the edges can be realigned to the normal anatomical position (without undue stretching) and the skin or flap colour is not pale, dusky or darkened

Category 1b – a skin tear where the edges can be realigned to the normal anatomical position (without undue stretching) and the skin or flap colour is pale, dusky or darkened

Category 2a – a skin tear where the edges cannot be realigned to the normal anatomical position and the skin or flap colour is not pale, dusky or darkened

Category 2b – a skin tear where the edges cannot be realigned to the normal anatomical position and the skin or flap colour is pale, dusky or darkened

Category 3 – a skin tear where the skin flap is completely absent

in tears are the most common wound type in elderly people. Skin tears can become chronic wounds if neglected or treated poorly, damaging the individual’s health and generating significant healthcare costs. new solution to protect fragile skin on arms, hands, and legs from scrapes, abrasions, skin tears, and bruising resulting from an active life.

Prevention - comprehensive recommendations for the prevention of skin tears in the elderly are widely documented. Most recommendations are common-sense, such as eliminating trip hazards and removing dressings gently, and some, such as wearing protective socks and moisturising, are supported by compelling evidence

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