Skin tears are a significant but underappreciated injury in the healthcare setting. Skin tears are of concern because these traumatic injuries can become chronic wounds if left untreated or managed inappropriately. Accurate identification and classification of skin tears as well as implementation of appropriate management strategies are essential to improve patient outcomes and decrease the costs associated with skin tears. This activity will discuss how to accurately classify skin tears. Best-practice strategies for skin tear management and prevention also will be discussed.
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