The ESRD Networks participating in the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program are encouraging dialysis providers to join the program. The program was developed in 2008 by the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition and the ESRD Network of New England and now includes 13 ESRD Networks. It is designed to assist dialysis facilities in improving staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety areas. There are 14 web-based educational modules addressing all aspects of patient safety. All modules include objectives, required activities, tools and resources, and optional activities. For each module successfully completed, the facility is awarded a “diamond” culminating in special recognition for 5-Diamond facilities.

In 2014, the program became entirely web-based and opened to all facilities nationally. More than 1,100 dialysis facilities participated, with 75% of participants earning Diamond status and 42% achieving 5-Diamond status. Rewards for all participants include

  • Recognition on the national website
  • Online print-ready certificates recognizing the facility’s diamond status

Facilities achieving 5-Diamond status will also receive the following rewards:

  • Special recognition at the network’s annual council meeting
  • A recognition letter from the network board of directors