Title

National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Management of Acute Skin Trauma

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2016

School

Kinesiology and Nutrition

Abstract

Objective: To present recommendations for the cleansing, debridement, dressing, and monitoring of acute skin trauma in patients.

Background: Acute skin trauma is common during participation in athletic and recreational activities. Clinical decisions and intervention protocols after injury vary among athletic trainers and are often based on ritualistic practices. An understanding of cleansing, debridement, and dressing techniques; clinical features of infection and adverse reactions; and monitoring of acute skin trauma is critical for certified athletic trainers and other allied health and medical professionals to create a local wound environment that promotes healing and lessens the risk of complications.

Recommendations: These guidelines are intended to provide the certified athletic trainer and others participating in athletic health care with specific knowledge about and recommendations for the management of acute skin trauma.

Publication Title

Journal of Athletic Training

Volume

51

Issue

12

First Page

1053

Last Page

1070

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