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What is a skin tear? 

A skin tear is a traumatic wound which results in separation of the skin layers. Skin tears can affect people of all ages, but they commonly occur on the arms and legs of older people with fragile skin. Skin tears can also lead to ulcers, prolonged hospital stays, infection and distress for the patient, impacting their quality of life.

Skin tears occur frequently in those aged over 65 years as skin becomes drier as sebaceous and sweat gland activity is reduced. Certain medications, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, also reduce natural moisture.

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The Skin Tear Prevention Studies

The Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) conducted two trials into the benefit of moisturising twice daily for skin tear prevention. As a member of the CRC, Ego Pharmaceuticals has been involved by suppluing QV Skin Lotion as part of this program. 

Both studies used a fragrance free, pH neutral moisturiser on limbs of patients in aged care facilities (Curtin University Study WA) and hospitalised patients over the age of 65 in sub-acute wards in a general hospital (Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation study QLD). The moisturiser was applied twice daily and the studies were conducted over a six month period. The data from both trials has shown that twice daily moisturising can reduce skin tears by approximately 50 per cent.

In particular, the study3 conducted by Karen Finch (Clinical Research Nurse, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation) and the Wound Management Innovation CRC found, in an average of 346 skin tear incidents in a year in patients over 65 years of age, twice daily moisturisation (using QV Skin Lotion) to each limb in consenting patients over 65 years of age resulted in:

 

45 per cent fewer patients presenting with skin tears

51 per cent reduction in the number of skin tears


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References

Wound CRC research delivers a 50% reduction in skin tears, CRC Media Release [Internet]. Available from: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bcb25504cb5390d57b14f0ee0&id=16f88e701b&e=a22c1351a8

Skin tears: state of the science: Consensus statements for the prevention, prediction, assessment and treatment of skin tears. Advances in Skin & Wound Care. 24(9): 2-15. 2011.

Finch K. Skin Tear Prevention in Patients over 65 years of Age in a Hospital setting. Podium Presentation. 10th Australian Wound Management Association Conference; 2014 May 7 - 10; Brisbane, Australia.