800.005 Phlebotomy Training for Contractor Staff Responsible for HIV/STD Testing

Policy Number  800.005
Effective Date  October 17, 1997
Revision Date  May 1, 2000
Approval Authority  TB/HIV/STD Section Director

1.0 Purpose

This policy establishes the Texas Department of State Health Services, TB/HIV/STD Section (Section) Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Phlebotomy Training Manual as the instruction manual for contractors to use when training staff to take venous blood samples for laboratory testing.

2.0 Background

As part of its overall mission to prevent and treat HIV and/or STDs, the Section may require the use of recognized practices and procedures in serving those who may be affected by such diseases. To promote safety and uniformity in drawing venous blood samples, the Section developed the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Phlebotomy Training Manual. It provides instructions for taking venous blood samples and evaluating staff to determine if they have mastered the basic requirements for performing phlebotomy (drawing blood).

3.0 Authority

V.T.C.A. Health and Safety Code, §85.003, Department as Lead Agency and Primary Resource; Health and Safety Code, §85.040, Evaluation of Funded Programs; Health and Safety Code, §85.041, Records and Reports.

4.0 Adoption of the Standards

With this policy, the Section formally adopts the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Phlebotomy Training Manual as the instrument by which contractor and subcontractor staff are trained and evaluated in taking venous blood samples.
Contractors must ensure that the evaluation section of the manual is completed and maintained on file for each employee who is required to take venous blood samples.

5.0 Where to Direct Comments and/or Get Copies of the Manual

Persons that have questions or comments regarding the manual or who wish to request copies of the manual may call the Section, at 737-255-4300 or write to:

Texas Department of State Health Services
TB/HIV/STD Section
Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
Austin, Texas 78741

6.0 Revision History

Date Action Section
9/1/2017 Changed "TB/HIV/STD Unit" to "TB/HIV/STD Section" to reflect new program designation -
9/24/2014 Converted format (Word to HTML) -
11/13/2002 Converted format (WordPefect to Word) -