Patient Safety


Quality Insights Renal Network 3 believes it important that each dialysis provider incorporate patient safety values into their organizational culture. We encourage all dialysis providers to initiate specific measures that can be incorporated into the daily facility environment, to further educate both patients and facility staff, and enhance the overall level of safety within a facility.

Additional Resources


Keeping Kidney Patients Safe
The Renal Physicians Association (RPA) and the Forum of End-Stage Renal Disease developed the Keeping Kidney Patients Safe website to serve as a resource for nephrology professionals who are committed to optimum levels of kidney patient safety. The site includes information pertaining to incorrect dialyzers or dialyzing solution, patient falls, medication errors and omissions, hand hygiene, and non-adherence procedures.

Five Steps to Safer Health Care
Patient safety is one of the Nation's most pressing health care challenges. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety. This fact sheet tells what you can do to get safer health care.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Adults
Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. This means that more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children
Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. Rates of medication errors and adverse drug events for hospitalized children were comparable to rates for hospitalized adults in a 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, the rate for potential adverse drug events was three times higher in children, and substantially higher still for babies in neonatal intensive care units. Studies of medical errors outside the hospital are just getting underway. This fact sheet is intended to help parents help their children avoid medical errors.

Water Quality Testing Chart
Based on the current AAMI standards for hemodialysis systems and for hemodialyzer reuse, the Water Quality Testing Chart provides a quick reference guide for use in the dialysis facility water treatment area.