International Skin Tear Advisory Committee

Working Towards a World Without Skin Tears


The International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP) is an interprofessional collaboration dedicated to improving outcomes for individuals at risk and/or experiencing skin tears across the continuum of care through education, research & advocacy.


The ISTAP comprises a panel of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals representing: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America.

Educational Programs

  • ISTAP Brochures on Skin Tears

    Skin tears are painful but a largely preventable health care issue. Skin tears affect all ages and continue to be a common problem in all health care settings. There is information and tools to use in your facilities and at home to help prevent and care for skin tears located on the ISTAP website.

    The ISTAP brochures are in: English, Spanish, Portuguese Brazilian and now in Mandarin Chinese and Malay.

  • ISTAP Skin Tear Classification System

    “A skin tear is a traumatic wound caused by mechanical forces, including removal of adhesives. Severity may vary by depth (not extending through the subcutaneous layer).” LeBlanc et al, 2018.

    The ISTAP Skin Tear Classification System should be utilized to ensure a common language for identifying and documenting skin tears. The Skin Tear Classification System can be accessed in several languages online by clicking the button below:

  • Tools Available

    The ISTAP Skin Tear Tool Kit can assist your facility in managing skin tears.


    Other tools available to you:

    • Assessment and Treatment Pathway

    • Risk Assessment Pathway

    • Risk Reduction Program

    • Decision Algorithm

Connect with our team

Karen Campbell,

ISTAP President

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc,

Past ISTAP President

Dimitri Beeckman,



66 Leopolds Drive

Ottawa, Ontario K1V 7E3

Toll Free: 888-739-5072


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