Skin tears pose a significant clinical risk to patients, particularly at-risk patient populations including the chronically ill, the elderly and neonates, and have a high prevalence. A skin injury can be costly, both financially and in terms of quality of life for the patient. Prevention of many skin tears can be accomplished through the identification of risk factors, focusing on skin health, selecting optimal dressings and adhesives, and ensuring their proper application and removal.
Management of these injuries is crucial, but prevention is the best possible strategy. When the proper prevention efforts are made, and wounds are treated with appropriate dressings and gentle adhesives, patients are more likely to achieve better outcomes. This is particularly true for the most sensitive and vulnerable patients, neonates.