• skin tears;
  • nursing homes

Edwards H, Gaskill D & Nash R. International Journal of Nursing Practice 1998; 4: 25–32

Treating skin tears in nursing home residents: A pilot study comparing four types of dressings

A pilot study was conducted to compare four types of dressings used to treat skin tears in nursing home residents. Wounds treated with a non-occlusive dressing healed more quickly than those dressed with occlusive dressings. The results suggest that ease of use and product wastage are important considerations when treating skin tears. The pilot study also highlights the need for further research into skin tear management and the need for ongoing education for nurses regarding skin integrity risk assessment and product information.