Skin tears. A quantitative study on the phenomenon and proposal for a prevention and management procedure

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Giulia Candeloro *
(*) Autore principale:
Giulia Candeloro | giulia.candeloro@ospedaleniguarda.it

Abstract

The study aims to understand whether healthcare professionals, nurses and hospital aides know skin tears and how to recognize, prevent and manage them. In addition, it seeks to understand if there is a need for an instrument that supports operators in recognizing these lesions. The last aim is to propose a procedure for the prevention and management of skin tears. Existing literature on the issue has been reviewed and a quantitative study was conducted on skin tears by administering a questionnaire of 18 questions to nurses and hospital aides. Nurses and hospital aides are confused as regards the management of skin tears and need a tool to guide them in healthcare. A procedure for the prevention and management of skin tears is proposed.

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