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Critical Care / Emergency / Trauma

Skin Tear Survey

Skin tears are acute wounds resulting from trauma to the skin. The appropriate care of the patient with a skin tear can present a complex challenge for healthcare professionals. Literature pertaining to the prevention and treatment of skin tears is limited. These wounds are often mismanaged and misdiagnosed. Health care professionals must be able to identify individuals at risk for skin tears. Interventions are needed to aid in the prevention as well as, treatment of these acute wounds. Skin tears are often difficult wounds to prevent due to the physiologic changes that predispose patients to the development of skin tears, such as aging, cognitive impairment, limited mobility and other co-existing illnesses. Treatment of skin tears varies across the world. Standard protocols of evidence- based practice have not been well studied or instituted in many health care settings.
The overall goal of this survey is to develop a consensus statement that will present strategies for assessing, preventing and treating skin tears. Further to that, the survey will also provide suggestions for additional research needed to enhance our understanding and management of this common but under-reported and understudied wound type.
Please join us in completing this important and short survey.

** Invitation for Health Care Professionals **

Skin Tear Research Initiative:

We are researching current practices in the prevention and management of skin tears, and would appreciate just a few minutes of your time to complete an online survey.

The purpose of this survey is to develop a consensus to outline strategies for assessing, preventing and treating skin tears. Please complete this brief 12-question survey to contribute to our initiative. The survey is completely anonymous.

To complete the survey, go to http://www.skintears.org and enter the password: ST2010.

Thank you for your time and participation!

Kim LeBlanc MN, RN, CETN (C), IIWCC
Sharon Baranoski MSN, RN, CWCN, FAAN

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