Another important component of skin tear prevention in neonatal or premature infants is to minimise external risk factors:
• Provide better training for the correct handling of lifesaving equipment (e.g. ventilators)
• Avoid holding or touching an at-risk infant with jewellery or sharp nails to prevent snagging and pinching the skin
• Avoid using dressings and tapes with strong adhesives to prevent the skin from tearing.
In the event of a neonatal or premature infant skin tear occurring in the home, it is crucial to seek professional medical advice and treatment.