Scabies Question - page 2

I need some advice in regards to the facility I am working at currently, I have only been working there since July 28th and after I was hired and started my first day I was told there was a scabie out break, but as people started... Read More

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    We had a scabies outbreak in a V.A. facility where I worked. Probably because of all the indigent patients we had on the one wing where it was discovered. It became a workmen's comp issue for the staff. Just about every one of the patients was treated with Elimite cream at the time (two treatments, each a week apart) and each staff member was examined and provided with the medication as well. Bed linens were stripped off and sent for laundering. (Years ago Quell lotion was used.) We were all instructed to go home and strip our beds and wash all our clothes and linens in hot water. The problem with these little devils is that they are microscopic and you can't see them. They also take a week or two to burrow into your skin before you begin to get symptoms. They love the folds of your skin where it tends to get moist and they don't generally go anywhere up beyond your neck into the head region of the body.

    Not to scare anyone, but you can get scabies from laying on bedspreads that are not regularly washed in hotel/motel rooms as well.

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    We had an outbreak about a year ago. Every resident in the facility was treated as well as all staff, regardless of whether or not they had symptoms. It took two treatments, but no more scabies!
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    I've read through most of the threads on this subject and it seems that some facilities had the problem and took care of it and are OK. Ohter facilities still had the problem.

    Maybe it would be a good idea to speak to other people (besides nurses) who are also in direct contact with this problem. Like maybe someone could check with the cleaning department and see what they actually use to disinfect the facility? After all, I'd imagine being a nurse also involves sometimes needing to ask how do we erradicate this infection/problem from the root? We all need to communicate and work together on this because when dealing with infection, it seems it can easily become everybody's problem, and not for just an isolated few, a lot quicker than we think.

    I have heard that neem has been used in India for centuries to fight scabies and lots of other skin infections. I know this is not in line with traditional "mainstream" medicine but if it might help someone somewhere...Isn't that what nursing is about? Helping each other?

    Just a thought...

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