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New All Wales Guidance on Skin Tears

Written by Michael Clark October 5th 2015

The All Wales Tissue Viability Nurse Forum has produced new guidance on the prevention and management of skin tears.

The purpose of these guidelines is to support qualified healthcare professionals within all Welsh NHS Trusts and Health Boards by providing up-to-date knowledge and guidance for the prevention and management of skin tears.

The guidance provided is updated from the previous document published in 2011 (All Wales Tissue Viability Nurse Forum, 2011) and is based on a review of the literature. This new updated edition incorporates the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) classification system for skin tears.

The aim of this new guidance is to simplify practice and improve the management of skin tears in Wales. It is not the intention of this document to discuss the treatment of lacerations and deep (full thickness) skin tear wounds that may require surgical intervention. 

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Skin Tears 2015.pdf