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Management of skin tears

Speciality Classification
Pharmacists
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
45 minutes
Provider
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Educate pharmacists about skin tears, management options and when referral is appropriate.

Management of skin tears explained

Australian Pharmacist - April 2020

People with aged and fragile skin are at increased risk of skin tears, a significant problem for patients and the health care professionals who treat them. Skin tear wounds can be painful, causing distress and affecting quality of life. They can result in hospitalisation and prolong a hospital stay, and are often preventable.

The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) defines a skin tear as ‘a traumatic wound caused by mechanical forces, including removal of adhesives.

Mechanical forces causing a skin tear injury are commonly shear, friction or blunt trauma. Resulting separation of the skin layers can lead to creation of a flap of skin. Classification of a skin tear is based on the extent of skin flap loss.

Pharmacists should be able to identify and assess a skin tear injury, provide recommendations on its management, and refer for medical attention when appropriate.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, the pharmacist should be able to:

  • Describe the classification of skin tears
  • Discuss management options for skin tears
  • Discuss prevention strategies for skin tears
  • Explain the role of the pharmacist in managing skin tears.

CPD Credits

Accreditation Code:  CAP2104OTCAW

Group 1:  0.75

Group 2:  1.50

This activity has been accredited for 0.75 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 0.75 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Delivery
Title
Management of skin tears
Speciality Classification
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
45 minutes
CPD Points
Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits), Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits)
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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