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Home Healthc Nurse. 2013 Feb;31(2):90-101; quiz 102-3. doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31827f458a.

Skin tears: care and management of the older adult at home.

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  • 1McLeod Loris Hospital, Loris, SC 29425, USA.


Skin tears experienced by older adults require special skills to promote healing. Home healthcare providers are in key positions to manage skin tears and prevent further skin trauma. Several guidelines, risk assessments, classifications, and products exist to manage high-risk patients. Frequent evaluation of the effectiveness of the treatment and prevention strategies in an overall skin care protocol for home care patients is critical to reduce skin tear incidence and promote prompt healing when skin tears are present.

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