Any reasons not to put Barrier Cream (20% zinc oxide in petrolatum base) on a skin tear?
What I'm hearing is band-aids and diaper creme are within policy for CNA's to apply. So they are using it on everything. (When all you have is a hammer everthing looks like a nail...)
I recently had to clean a pretty thick layer of it off a 25mm x 35mm skin tear where the CNA had trimmed away the flap of skin herself because "it wouldn't stretch back over wound."
That issue aside, what and when are the negatives of zinc-oxide and petrolatum on wounds?