Background: The ability to collect venous blood specimens in the field for the evaluation of syphilis and HIV is a core component of an STD program. Unfortunately, many programs do not have an organized system in place which provides standardized training for this procedure. Historically, DIS have learned from a clinic nurse or another DIS. Our STD Program DIS and laboratory staffs have collaborated to design a phlebotomy training course in order to provide certification for DIS in
Objectives: Establishment of standardized venipuncture training for STD Program DIS in
Methods: This course was initiated in September, 2009 for all STD Program DIS in the state of
Results: All Kansas STD Program DIS have received standardized training in the collection of venous specimens and have been certified through clinical training.
Conclusions: The inclusion of this course as part of DIS training for the state of
Implications for Programs, Policy, and/or Research: All STD control programs could benefit from a phlebotomy certification process for DIS.