Let’s end PJ paralysis! 

17/04/2018 00:00 
Wards across UCLH are being encouraged to “end PJ paralysis” by getting as many patients as possible dressed and moving.

Launched today, NHS England’s #EndPJparalysis challenge aims to improve recovery, shorten hospital stays and boost morale of patients and staff by encouraging patients to get up and dressed every day, where practical.

Laura Dopson, a matron at UCLH, said: “It is not just about getting people out of their pyjamas, it is about early mobilisation, it’s about dignity and privacy, it’s about reviewing catheters and IV lines and thinking about whether they can be removed.

“It’s about thinking a little bit more about something we do anyway.

“Everyone from student nurses to doctors can be involved in this.

“Let’s help our patients up and dressed and moving.  Whether it’s walking round their bed or making it over to the bathroom, it all makes a difference.”

The 70-day challenge will run until June 26, just before the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Professor Brian Dolan, director of NHS 360 and founder of the #End PJparalysis campaign, said the drive is timely “given what we increasingly know about deconditioning and the unintentional harm caused to patients long after they have been discharged from hospital”.

Research shows that 10 days of bed rest in hospital ages the muscles by the equivalent of 10 years in people over 80.

Results of a pilot #EndPJparalysis scheme found hospital stays were shorter, patients’ muscles stayed stronger, cutting the number of falls and reducing the need for institutional care after discharge.

Less food was wasted because patients were more mobile and so using up more energy and wellbeing of both patients and staff improved.

Daisy Love, a 100-year-old patient who is one of the faces of the campaign, said: “Getting dressed makes me feel less sorry for myself.

“It’s wonderful, it couldn’t be better – but I’d still like to go home.”

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