Tips for care of skin tears in elderly

Tears can also occur in younger people whose skin has become fragile because of drugs or disease.

Therapeutic Guidelines: Ulcer and Wound Management says prevention of skin tears requires management of risk factors such as nutritional deficiency and oedema.

People at risk can use skin moisturisers and wear clothing that protects the skin.

When a tear occurs, management is influenced by deciding if there is a viable flap of skin. Realigning this flap without stretching it helps healing.

Wounds should be cleaned with water or sterile