Scabies IPC Policy for General Practice.
Scabies is due to a parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei variety hominis. They are too small to be seen by the naked eye. The adult female is around 0.4 mm long and 0.3 mm wide; males are slightly smaller. The female lays 2-3 eggs a day in burrows several millimetres in length under the surface of the skin.
After 2-4 days, larvae emerge to mature on the skin surface and then make new burrows. They mature, mate, and repeat this cycle which takes 10-17 days. Males die after a short time, but the females live for up to 6 weeks.
A downloadable Community IPC Policy for General Practice which can be adopted by your organisation is available below. Also suitable for use within Dental Practice and Podiatry.
Alternatively, a complete set of IPC Policies are available to purchase @ £85.99, including postage – details can be found on the flyer and resource order form.
Updated: 15/05/2023GP Order Form Dental Practice Order Form