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Scabies investigation

Alternate names:
Scabies identification
Test Code:
Specimen types:
Skin scraping
Container types:
Sterile JarSterile Jar
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab

Scabies collection instructions


Wash the area of skin to be scraped with an alcohol swab.

Remove any ointment or residual applications using soap and water.

Disinfect the area with a skin cleansing alcohol wipe and allow it to dry.

Abrade the infested area with a sterile scalpel to the depth of pinpoint bleeding.

Transfer skin scrapings to a sterile yellow top pot for transport to the laboratory. Do NOT include the scalpel – dispose of in sharps bin

Label pot with patient name, UR No and DOB, date of collection, site of collection

As required
Result Turnaround Time:
2-3 days