ACEP Now features one article each issue related to an ACEP eCME CME activity.
Skin Tears! Who Cares?
Why care about skin tears? The standard for skin tear repair has always been “more is less.” The more you try primary closure with sutures, the more tissue destruction you cause, resulting in frustration and, often, a worse cosmetic result. So many, if not most, of us have just given up, taking the easy way out—“less is more”—embracing the ethical luxury of telling these patients that we have little to offer other than wound cleansing, a bio-occlusive dressing, and discharge. A quick in-and-out for you, but a poor cosmetic result and wound care hassle for them.