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Having an awareness of the skin and the effects of the ageing process, can help clinicians in the prevention and management of skin tears. It is recognised that some skin tears may be unavoidable, wherever possible, prevention should be the aim. This requires increased vigilance, awareness, health care professional education, and encouraging self-care and awareness in all suitable patients, alongside engaging carers. (LeBlanc2018)

When a skin tear does occur, product selection should take into account managing the wound appropriately, as well as avoiding further trauma to the skin. It is essential to take the potentially fragile surrounding skin into consideration in all decision-making processes.

The effect of skin tears on patients’ quality of life is not fully known, gaining knowledge of patients’ experiences and perspectives require further research. Skin tears can cause pain, complication and delayed healing, and their prevention and appropriate management where required should be considered of paramount importance.