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Skin tears

Skin tear
Primary Secondary Ancillary
Dressings

If bleeding:

Alginate

Or

If loss of tissue:

Tulle

Hydrogel Plus  Foam dressing
 

Plus Zinc paste
 

Aim: To rapidly heal fragile skin.

Aim to achieve closure with elastic strips without tension on application.

Apply a small amount of hydrogel to the peri wound and cover with a silicone foam dressing initially. Follow up with the application of a patch of zinc paste bandage.

If the wound is bleeding, apply a haemostatic alginate for a short time.

If there is loss of tissue, apply a silicone tulle first.

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