Skin Tears in the Elderly

Posted on February 9, 2017 by admin
In Medical

Skin tears  in the  elderly

Inappropriate treatment  or untreated  tears in the elderly lead  to skin ulcers

Prevention is better than cure.

  • Maintain adequate nutrition     and hydration
  • Use moisturizer  twice a day
  • Wear long sleeves and slacks
  • Use gloves to protect skin   from the job or the tools
  • Remember hats and  glasses  to protect  eyes and scalp
  • Review the  work site  for  falls risk or tight  spaces

Remember  common  skin tears occur  from  pets, self closing  doors , sharp cupboards, tow bars,  corners of  car  doors in tight  car parks, wheel chairs  and  walker frames.


First Aid for  flap tears

Wash with   cold   water  only

Apply a  non adherent  dressing kept in place with a compressive  bandage and  elevate the injured  part – AVOID adhesive dressings and cotton wool.