Quality Insights Renal Network 5 Announces Launch Of 2018 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program

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Quality Insights Renal Network 5 and its Network partners invite dialysis providers to participate in the 2018 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, which is designed to assist dialysis facilities in improving both staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety topics, using web-based educational modules addressing all aspects of patient safety.

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Quality Insights Renal Network 5 and its Network partners are pleased to invite dialysis providers to participate in the 2018 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program. Now in our eleventh year, the program is designed to assist dialysis facilities in improving both staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety topics, using web-based educational modules addressing all aspects of patient safety. For each module successfully completed, the facility is awarded a “Diamond” culminating in special recognition for 5-Diamond facilities.

During the 2017 program year:

  • 3,098 dialysis facilities participated (45% of all providers),
  • 91% of all participants achieved 5-Diamond status,
  • 87% of all DCI facilities nationally participated, with 82% of those earning 5-Diamond status, and
  • 99% of all FMC facilities nationally participated, with 99% of those earning 5-Diamond status

New for 2018, Quality Insights has partnered with Intermountain Quality Innovations (ImQI) and Synaptiv to extend continuing education credit to nurses and PCTs for complete review of the Culture of Safety in-service. Details are available on the 5-Diamond website at http://5diamondpatientsafety.org/About/Guidelines.aspx#CE. Additionally, the National Nephrology Certification Commission (NNCC) continues to credit completed 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program modules toward CCHT recertification requirements.

Also included in the 2018 program release are speaker notes for most module in-services and two new modules: Antibiotic Stewardship (created by ImQI) and Depression: The Vocational Rehabilitation Strategy (created by Quality Insights Renal Network 5). Each module includes objectives, required activities, tools and resources, and optional activities.

The program is open to all facilities nationally and is endorsed by the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA), the National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA), the Renal Physicians Association (RPA), the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), and US Renal Care, with DCI, FMC, and US Renal Care continuing national, corporate-wide participation initiatives.

Visit the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program website today at http://5diamondpatientsafety.org. Registration is required. Participation is free and voluntary. Please contact Heather Cecil, National Manager, at hcecil(at)nw5.esrd.net or (804) 320-0004 with any questions.

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