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What's New | August 19, 2009

Long-Term Care
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that one-fourth of the country's 16,000 nursing homes have serious deficiencies that cause actual harm to residents or place their health and safety at risk.

The featured innovations describe quality improvement efforts to reduce high rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia, pressure ulcers, and staff turnover at long-term care facilities.

The featured QualityTools provide practical information and resources to improve long-term care.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 AGing Integrated Database (AGID)
Developed by Administration on Aging

 Nursing Home eTool
Developed by Occupational Safety & Health Administration

 Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
Developed by Westat

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 PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives for Seniors) Toolkit
Developed by Aging and Disability Services and Senior Services of Seattle/King County, WA; Interactive Outcomes; University of Washington, Health Promotion Research Center

 Smoking Cessation Public Service Announcements With National Football League Hall of Famer Darrell Green
Developed by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Darrell Green Business Council for Youth; Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation (DGYLF)
Developed by Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program (MTCP)