Skin Tears

  • Skin Tears result from a rapid, forceful shear to the skin.
  • Skin tears are most commonly self inflicted by improperly removing adhesive dressings and tape.
  • Careful counter pressure should be applied to the skin near the adhesive dressing as the dressing or tape is slowly removed.
  • A common misconception is that paper tape will not damage the skin. To the contrary this tape can really stick to the skin and will tear the skin if removed improperly.