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Program Guidelines

 
  • The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program is offered to dialysis facilities nationally.  
  • Each program year runs on a 12-month cycle; January - December.
  • Participating facilities must register each program year.
  • Diamonds earned during one program year do not carry over to the next program year.
  • Facilities must complete the mandatory Patient Safety Principles module each year of participation in order to earn Diamond status and to print module certificates.  We recommend facilities complete this module first.
  • 100% of entire staff must participate in the mandatory Patient Safety Principles module (this includes Dietitians, Management, Nurses, Medical Directors, Social Workers, and Technicians).
  • Facilities are expected to begin work on completing the first module within three months of applying to participate in the program. If not, the facility will be considered inactive and must re-apply to participate.
  • Facilities must complete the mandatory Program Review upon the completion of their 3rd or 5th module (depending on new vs. renewal status) in order to access final/5-Diamond status certificate. 

 

Renewal of Status

  • Renewal of status is only offered to facilities that earned/renewed 5-Diamond status during the previous program year.
  • Renewal facilities must repeat the mandatory Patient Safety Principles module for each year status is renewed and complete two additional modules of their choosing.
  • Renewal facilities may repeat modules completed in previous program years. 
  • Renewal facilities must complete the mandatory Program Review upon completion of their 3rd module in order to access final/5-Diamond status certificate.


Continuing Education

  • Technicians must complete 30 continuing education hours during a 3-year period to renew CCHT certification.  The National Nephrology Certification Commission (NNCC) will accept 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program modules towards CCHT re-certification requirements, if the module in-service is presented by a licensed RN within the facility. Once the facility successfully completes a module, it earns a “Diamond” and prints a certificate from the participant summary page. The certificate can be duplicated, and the following information can be added:  
    • Name of the CCHT that participated

    • Date and name of the program

    • Number of Contact Hours Awarded (1.0)

    • Signature of licensed staff RN providing in-service program

This information should be documented on the contact hour form contained within the CCHT re-certification application.  Please be sure to include "5-Diamond Program" in the title (ex. for Patient Safety Principles module, list as "5-Diamond Program: Patient Safety Principles"; for  the Hand Hygiene module, list as "5-Diamond Program: Hand Hygiene", etc.)

Download NNCC's CCHT Re-Certification Application Form

Access the NNCC's Online CCHT Re-Certification Application Form (requires user log-in)

It is estimated that each in-service will take approximately one hour, therefore the NNCC will credit each module in-service at 1.0 CE.
  • The 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program is not currently offering continuing education credit.  The NNCC (above) recognizes module completion towards technician recertification requirements only.
 




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