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Acute Communicable Disease Control
Scabies Toolkit: Acute and Sub-acute Health Care Facilities

The contents of this toolkit were developed in 2009 by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Scabies Task Force in response to the increased number of scabies outbreaks within Acute and Sub-Acute Care Facilities in Los Angeles County. The education provided is based on the Scabies Prevention and Control Guidelines Acute and Sub-Acute Care Facilities, 2009.

The toolkit contains the following materials to assist health care facilities in managing scabies outbreaks and educating health care workers on identification, transmission, signs and symptoms, and treatment of scabies.
  • Scabies guidelines: Scabies Prevention and Control Guidelines Acute and Sub-Acute Care Facilities (2009)
  • Outbreak Checklist
  • Patient / Employee outbreak line list
  • Scabies skin scraping procedure
  • Scabies treatment and prophylaxis procedure
  • Isolation and environmental control procedures
  • Sample notification letter to discharged patients
  • Sample notification letter to physicians of discharged patients
  • Scabies PowerPoint presentation
  • Scabies Fact Sheet - General / Health care worker

Materials are available for download below. If you have any questions about the Toolkit please contact L’Tanya English, PS, PHN at lenglish@ph.lacounty.gov or (213) 240-7941.

Title Description
Scabies guidelines: Scabies Prevention and Control Guidelines Acute and Sub-Acute Care Facilities, 2009
PDF
A comprehensive, evidenced-based guideline that thoroughly describes procedures for managing scabies outbreaks in acute and sub-acute care facilities
Outbreak checklist
Word
The checklist offers a list of tasks that are essential in managing scabies outbreaks within acute and sub-acute facilities.
Patient/Employee outbreak line list
Patient: Word
Employee: Word
The line list provided can be used to organize and track scabies cases in outbreak situations.
Scabies skin scraping procedure
PDF
This procedure provides instruction on how to perform a skin scraping.
Scabies treatment and prophylaxis procedure
PDF
This procedure provides guidance on scabies treatment and prophylaxis for typical and atypical scabies.
Isolation and environmental control procedures
PDF
This procedure provides guidance on isolation and environmental control for typical and atypical scabies outbreaks.
Sample notification letter to discharged patients
Word
This sample letter can be customized and used to notify discharged patients of the potential for exposure to scabies during their admission to a health care facility.
Sample notification letter to physicians of discharged patients
Word
This sample letter can be customized and used to notify physicians of their discharged patients’ potential for exposure to scabies during their admission to a health care facility.
Scabies Management PowerPoint presentation
PDF
The presentation was developed as a visual learning instrument to assist administration in Acute and Sub-Acute Care Facilities in educating their staff on scabies.
Scabies Fact Sheet
PDF
The fact sheet is provided as a quick reference to the most commonly asked questions about scabies.
Scabies Fact Sheet - Health Care Worker
PDF
The fact sheet is provided as a quick reference to the most commonly asked scabies questions by health care workers.
 

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