IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today from the Translational Genomics Research Institute is a study evaluating the efficacy of a new test to determine if the new illness you acquired in the hospital is deadly.
MAKING CHANGES: today are suggestions to keep you healthy if you’re hospitalized.
FACT OR FICTION: today are facts about your credit, credit score and how you might improve both.
In The News
Researchers have demonstrated the validity of a new screening tool, called KlebSeq, to find healthcare acquired illness klebsiella pneumonia. Hundreds of thousands of patients are affected each year and $10 billion is spent on caring for these acquired infections.
This new screening tool determines the strain of klebsiella and whether it is resistant to specific antibiotics from blood, urine or nasal swabs without a live culture. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23,000 die each year from hospital acquired infections that are resistant to antibiotics, twice the number of people who die from AIDS.
Daily Health Tip
The hospital is not the healthiest place to be when you’re sick or recovering. Once you are well enough to be discharged home, it’s time to leave.
If you’re hospitalized and can possibly be cared for at home with a home health nurse, it is safer than staying at the hospital. Talk with your doctor and insurance company, as it will also be less expensive for the insurance company as well.
While in the hospital watch your care providers and ensure they wash their hands before touching you or your equipment. Don’t travel around the hospital when your immune system is compromised. Instead, try to get outside in the fresh air for a change of scenery.
Wash your own hands before eating or touching your face, and try to keep your hands away from your face, nose and eyes at all times.
I appreciate the value of humility. While I am confident in my abilities, I accept my limitations and acknowledge my errors. Doubts protect me from arrogance and pride. I see myself realistically and learn from experience.
Scrutinizing my life helps me to live authentically and responsibly. I form my own beliefs instead of blindly following the crowd. I make my own choices instead of repeating familiar patterns.
Fact or Fiction?
Nearly ⅓ of all Americans have credit scores below 601, the distinction between bad and fair credit. But, did you know your credit score is responsible for the interest rates you pay or the down payment on your car of apartment? Have a good score (above 700)? You’ll pay less than someone else.
You might get a late payment on your credit card if you pay late, it doesn’t affect your credit score until you are 30 days late. Because your credit score is so important to your financial health, it’s important you evaluate your report every 3 to 6 months and ensure the items are accurate.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team