Isolation Precautions for Scabies and Lice

This information explains how isolation precautions are used to prevent the spread of scabies and lice while you’re in the hospital.

Isolation precautions are steps we take to stop infections from spreading from person to person.

What isolation precautions are taken in the hospital if I have scabies or lice?

If you have scabies or lice while you’re in the hospital:

  • You will be placed in a private room.
  • A sign will be posted on your door telling all staff and visitors to take precautions.
    • All staff and visitors will need to clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before going into and after leaving your room.
    • All staff and visitors must wear a yellow gown and gloves while in your room. These are available outside of your room and can be disposed of inside your room. All staff and visitors must wash their hands after leaving your room.
  • If you leave your room for tests, you must wear a yellow gown and gloves or be covered with a clean sheet.
  • If you leave your room to walk around the unit, you must wear a yellow gown and gloves.
  • You will not be able to go to the following areas of the hospital:
    • Pantry on your unit
    • Recreation center on M15
    • Pediatric recreation areas on M9
    • Cafeteria
    • Main lobby
  • You can have art or massage therapy in your room while following isolation precautions.
  • Your personal items and clothing will be placed in a sealed plastic bag and given to your family. They must be machine washed in hot water and placed in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.
  • Any personal belongings that can’t be washed will be placed in a sealed plastic bag and given to your family. They must be kept in the sealed bag for 5 to 7 days.
  • After your treatment is finished, your doctor will tell you when you can stop following these precautions.
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