Article Summary : A Clinical Review Essay
In this article, Baranoski, LeBlanc, and Gloeckner (2016) bring attention to the topic of skin tears and the complications that can arise from them. The authors point out that while skin tears are common, they are often poorly treated and the result can be increased complications, hospital stays, and other negative effects. To highlight this issue, Baranoski et al. (2016) discusses complications from a skin tear on an elderly patient that was not properly treated. This patient highlights the common issues surrounding skin tears, and the authors use the description of this patient as a jumping point for addressing the frequency and characteristics and risk factors, as well as the best practice for preventing, documenting, and treating skin tears.
Review: Patient RF The article begins by describing patient RF, an elderly man who was brought in to an acute care facility as a result of pneumonia. However, RF presented with a myriad of comorbid issues (hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, anemia, arthritis, COPD) as well, one of which was the presence of what the attending physician called skin sores. These sores were documented by the physician present upon admittance, but no information was given about their location or how serious they were. Additionally, a nurse covered the sores with dry gauze dressings, which stuck to the skin and caused further damage upon removal (Baranoski et al., 2016).…