• JOWM SPECIAL ISSUE: Extension for Call for Papers

    “Current advances in risk assessment, prevention and treatment of skin tears”. All papers will be subject to peer review.
    The deadline for submissions has been extended to 1 February 2021

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  • New BPR Document Now Available!

    2021 Best Practice Recommendations for Prevention and Management of Periwound Skin Complications

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    Join us in 2021: Virtual Conference on 26 – 27 October. In 2022: Conference in Paris 1-3 February. 
    Joint EWMA-Journées CICA 2021 conference
  • Dutch Translation Available!

    2018 ISTAP BPR for the Prevention & Management of Skin Tears in Aged Skin

    Now available!
  • Global Skin Tear Summit 2021

    On April 15, 2021, we joined content experts from around the world during a half-day Global Skin Tear Summit on updates for current practices in 2021. ISTAP Members can click below for more information & to watch the recording.

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The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) was formed to raise international awareness of the prediction, assessment, prevention, and management of skin tears. The ISTAP comprises a panel of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals representing: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America.

The ISTAP has published numerous articles pertaining to skin tears including: 2020 Best Practice Recommendations for Holistic Strategies To Promote and Maintain Skin Integrity, Skin Tears: State of the Science: Consensus Statements for the Prevention, Prediction, Assessment, and Treatment of Skin Tears; International Skin Tear Advisory Panel: Putting it all together, a Tool Kit to aid in the Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Skin Tears; Validation of a New Classification System for Skin Tears; The Art of Dressing Selection: A Consensus Statement on Skin Tears and Best Practice.

Key Points:

Although commonly associated with the older adult population, skin tears can also occur in the critically ill, pediatric, and premature neonatal populations.

A comprehensive risk assessment should include assessment of the individual’s general health (chronic/critical disease, polypharmacy, and cognitive, sensory, visual, auditory, and nutritional status), mobility (history of falls, impaired mobility, dependent activities, mechanical trauma), and skin (extremes of age, fragile skin, previous skin tears).

The ISTAP Skin Tear Classification System should be utilized to ensure a common language for identifying and documenting skin tears.

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ISTAP Supporters of Skin Tear Education

Official Interest Group

In January 2016 ISTAP became an official interest group of the  Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC).

International Official Partners:

In December 2018 ISTAP became an official International Partner of the European Wound Management Association (EWMA).

In 2019 ISTAP became an official partner of the World Union of Wound Healing Society (WUWHS).

In 2019 ISTAP became an official partner of the Journal of Wound Care WUWHS Awards.

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of the Alliance for Research and Innovation in Wounds (ARIW).

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of the Wound Healing Association of South Africa.

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre (WWIC).

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of the Tissue Viability Society (TVS).

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of SOBEST.

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of Wounds Australia.

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of Legs Matter.

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals (MSWCP).

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of World Council of Enterostomal Therapists®.

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of the Spanish Pressure Ulcer and Chronic Wounds Advisory Group (GNEAUPP).

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of the Swedish Centre for Skin and Wound Research (SCENTR).

In 2021 ISTAP became an official partner of Skin Integrity Research Group (SKINT).

Why we are needed?

Skin Tears: An Often Painful But Largely Preventable Health Care Issue.

Skin tears affect all ages and continue to be a common problem in all health care settings. They are often painful, acute wounds resulting from trauma to the skin, and are largely preventable.

What are we doing?

A Skin Tear Consensus Panel Was Established To Address Prevention, Assessment, And Treatment Of Skin Tears.

A panel of 13 internationally recognized key opinion leaders convened to address skin tears. The original ISTAP Panel have kindly granted permission to share their publication Skin Tears: State Of The Science: Consensus Statements For The Prevention, Prediction, Assessment, And Treatment Of Skin Tears.

What have we achieved?

The ISTAP now includes 19 global expert members from 11 countries and has participated in the publication of 14 articles.  The ISTAP Classification System has been translated into English, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch,French, French-Canadian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.  Publications are pending in several other languages.