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5-Diamond Patient Safety Program


In 2008, the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5) and the ESRD Network of New England, Inc. (Network 1) developed the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program as an innovative training and recognition program to assist dialysis providers in increasing awareness and building a culture of safety among patients and staff. Network 14 adapted this program in 2011 and used it as a Network specific Quality Improvement Project that has now expanded to include all Texas facilities interested in participating.

The program includes nineteen (19) training modules that focus on a wide variety of patient safety topics and include the tools and resources necessary for implementing each patient safety concept. These concepts presented in the program modules encourage staff and patient engagement in building cultures of safety at the dialysis unit, which is an essential component of the Network's mission and vision and contributes to achieving the Network's goals and objectives. The program is designed to educate facility staff and patients and encourage them to incorporate patient safety principles into treatments sessions every day.


Enrolling in the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program

To enroll in the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, please register for an account on the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program website. Only one account is allowed per facility.

5-Diamond Patient Safety Program

Once your facility applies to the program, you should first complete the mandatory Patient Safety Principles module. After completing this module, your facility may complete additional modules in any order. Each completed module submitted to the Network will result in a “diamond” for your facility. Upon successful completion of 5 modules, the Network encourages you to market your facility as a 5-Diamond Patient Safety Facility.

National 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program

The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, developed by Networks 5 and 1, is a national program endorsed by the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association (ANNA), the Renal Physicians’ Association (RPA), the Renal Healthcare Association (RHA), Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI), and the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP).


If you have questions about the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, please contact:

5-Diamond Network Manager: Arlandra Taylor

ESRD Network of Texas, Inc. (Network 14)
Phone: 972.503.3215
Fax: 972.503.3219


5-Diamond Network Manager:  Heather Cecil, National Manager
Quality Insights Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5)**
Phone: 804.320.0004
Fax: 804.320.5918