5 Diamond Patient Safety Project

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    Has your facility recently started your 5 diamond projects for ESRD NETWORKS? For those of you who have never heard of it, it is like a 5 star rating for hotels. You achieve a star for each of the projects you implement into your facility. The aim is to improve patient safety, get recognition from the renal community and pts will be able to use the 5 diamond rating to chose dialysis facilities which are achieving excellent standards of pt care.

    Has your facility recently started your 5 diamond projects for ESRD NETWORKS?

    For those of you who have never heard of it, it is like a 5 star rating for hotels.

    You achieve a star for each of the projects you implement into your facility.

    The aim is to improve patient safety, get recognition from the renal community and pts will be able to use the 5 diamond rating to chose dialysis facilities which are achieving excellent standards of pt care.

    As people we like ratings! We like to know that a hotel we go and stay at has good ratings before we book to go there, so why not chose the facility you are going to have dialysis at has similar ratings to what we expect from a nights stay in a hotel.
    It is something simple by which we can measure our expectations by.


    We have our first 5 star rating, and have a couple of projects on the go. Up until now it was voluntary if you joined the program but it is soon going to be something we will be expected to do.

    When my company first introduced the concept, I must admit I raised my eyes, thinking ‘oh no not more work’.

    They pressed and pressed us to start the projects and we soon implemented them into our monthly education.

    It was a lot simpler than we first thought, as you know everything seems more complicated until you try it out.

    The most difficult part of the whole thing is getting your staff on board.

    For many of the projects and there are 15 modules to choose from, you need to complete 5 in a running year and apart from the first one the choice is pretty much up to your facility.

    Patient Safety Principles*
    Communication **NEW**
    Constant Site Cannulation **NEW**
    Decreasing Patient & Provider Conflict
    Emergency Preparedness
    Influenza Vaccination
    Hand Hygiene (Infection Control)
    Health Literacy
    Medication Reconciliation
    Missed Treatments
    Patient Self-Managed Care
    Sharps Safety
    Slips, Trips, & Falls
    Stenosis Monitoring
    Transplantation

    In my facility after the first module which is Patient Safety Principles, we chose Influenza Vaccination.

    We chose this because we were doing a huge drive for September 1st for our patients to have the flu vaccination as soon as possible. The education that the renal network provided, which includes posters and handouts, and our own contribution it was a successful month for getting the pts vaccinated.

    Last year we only achieved 64% of our patients by the year end, but by the first of October this year we had 70% of our patients done.

    Unfortunately we won’t get a 5 diamond for our efforts; you have to get 85% of staff vaccinated! After a long push we managed to get 68% of staff but the rest will not for one reason or another be vaccinated.

    Overall it was a good learning experience and we enjoyed doing it.

    We decided to do Hand washing next as part of our infection control and a drive towards improving hand washing with our patient population and staff.

    As we do medicine reconciliation 3 monthly so we will do that module in our future.

    The next big one we will tackle is missed treatments, we have a huge issue with this, and our aim is to reduce missed treatments, which in turn reduces hospitalizations for patients who miss treatments by spring of next year.

    Finally we have chosen ‘Slips, trips and falls’ and have already set up a ‘fall safety committee’ in order to get the ball rolling.

    I am happy to report that the majority of the staff is keen to be a part of the 5 diamonds project so up until now it has been an enjoyable experience.

    We do a lot of the work that the renal networks are promoting, so why not get recognition for all the hard work we do already.

    The 5 diamond project is just a new way of formalizing work we already do.

    Maybe before we go and work at a dialysis facility we can look up the 5 diamond rating to see if it meets our expectations of a what we can expect as potential employees. Just a thought

    The following ESRD Networks are currently participating in the 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program. Please contact your Network for more information:

    ESRD Network of New England (Network 1)
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, & Vermont
    Phone: 203.387.9332
    Fax: 203.389.9902

    IPRO ESRD Network of New York (Network 2)
    New York
    Phone: 516.209.5578
    Fax: 516.326.8929

    Quality Insights Renal Network 3 (Network 3)
    New Jersey, Puerto Rico, & U.S. Virgin Islands
    Phone: 609.490.0310
    Fax: 609.490.0835

    ESRD Network Organization #4 (Network 4)
    Pennsylvania & Delaware
    Phone: 412.325.2250
    Fax: 412.325.1811

    Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition (Network 5)
    District of Columbia (DC), Maryland, Virginia, & West Virginia
    Phone: 804.320.0004
    Fax: 804.320.5918

    Southeastern Kidney Council (Network 6)
    North Carolina, South Carolina, & Georgia
    Phone: 919.855.0882
    Fax: 919.855.0753

    Network 8, Inc.
    Alabama, Mississippi, & Tennessee
    Phone: 601.936.9260
    Fax: 901.932.4446

    The Renal Network, Inc. (Network 9/10)
    Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, & Illinois
    Phone: 317.257.8265
    Fax: 317.257.2120 or 317.257.8291

    Renal Network of the Upper Midwest, Inc. (Network 11)
    North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, & Michigan
    Phone: 651.644.9877
    Fax: 651.644.9853

    Heartland Kidney Network (Network 12)
    Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, & Nebraska
    Phone: 816.880.9990
    Fax: 816.880.9088

    ESRD Network of Texas (Network 14)
    Texas
    Phone: 972.503.3215
    Fax: 972.503.3219
    Last edit by Joe V on Nov 12, '12
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    I don't know......just another marketing tool.....I am a skeptic on whether it will actually improve things. How much does this company cost to give you your little stars.

    I see it is for outpatient dialysis....These are Joint Commission initiatives/core measures.
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