Dialysis program receives national recognition

Nurse and doctor speaking to dialysis patient

           The Inpatient Dialysis Unit at Columbus Regional Hospital has been recognized as a 5-Diamond Patient Safety Facility by the national 5 Diamond Program.

           The 5 Diamond Program was launched in 2008 by the End Stage Renal Dialysis (ESRD) Network of New England and the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition serving as ESRD Contractors for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Fresenius Medical Care, with whom Columbus Regional partners for inpatient dialysis, is the world-wide premier health care company focused on delivering the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions.

            Fresenius joined the 5 Diamond Program in 2015. The program was designed to help dialysis facilities increase awareness of, promote and build a culture of patient safety.

            Each module of the program provides tools and resources necessary to implement each patient safety concept. For each module completed during a program year the facility earns a diamond. The modules consist of:

• Developing a Patient Safety Culture

• Influenza Vaccination Campaign

• Patient-Provider Conflict Management

• Hand Hygiene

• Adverse Event Reporting

           Upon completion of all five modules, the facility is recognized as a 5-Diamond Patient Safety Facility. There has to be 100 percent staff participation, with a commitment to using the safety concepts every day for every patient.

          Columbus Regional Hospital’s Inpatient Dialysis Unit is one of only 237 inpatient programs in the US to reach the 5-Diamond status.


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