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5-Diamond patient safety program

Quality Insights Renal Network 5 believes it is important for each dialysis facility to incorporate patient safety into its organizational culture. To help promote patient safety values, QIRN5 has implemented the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program. The goal of this program is to help dialysis facilities better implement patient safety principles among both staff and patients. 

This interactive, online program consistes of various modules, including all tools necessary for implementation.  It is designed so that each dialysis facility that successfully completes one module receives one "Diamond."  Successful completion of a module is obtained by submitting the online reporting form about how the module was implemented, describing module outcome(s) achieved, and providing any required supporting documentation.  A maximum of five Diamonds may be awarded to a facility within the program period.

Facilities that achieved 5-Diamond status during the last program year, may renew Diamond status by re-applying, repeating the mandatory Culture of Safety module, and completing two additional modules of their choosing.  QIRN5 co-developed the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program and has been participating since its inception in 2008.    

The program is endorsed by American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA), American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), Dialysis Clinics Inc. (DCI),  Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC), Renal Healthcare Association (RHA), Renal Physicians Association (RPA), and US Renal Care.

In 2022, the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program partnered with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in development of educational modules to support understanding of research findings by healthcare workers in the dialysis setting and understand how dialysis staff are translating evidence into practice for the more than 554,000 patients receiving dialysis. 

Also, in 2022, the program began extending the opportunity for nurses to earn up to 5.0 continuing education credits for completion of certain modules completed with their facility's program participation.

Leave the QIRN5 site and access the national

5-Diamond Patient Safety Program  website