The Art of Dressing Selection: A Consensus Statement on Skin Tears and Best Practice

Adv Skin Wound Care. 2016 Jan;29(1):32-46. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000475308.06130.df.


Purpose: To provide information about product selection for the management 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. Explain skin tear (ST) risk factors and assessment guidelines.2. Identify best practice treatments for STs, including the appropriate dressings for each ST type.

Abstract: To aid healthcare professionals in product selection specific for skin tears, the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel conducted a systematic literature review and 3-phase Delphi consensus with a panel of international reviewers to provide the best available evidence for product selection related to the treatment of skin tears.