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70 days to end pyjama paralysis

Patients in Worcestershire are being encouraged to bring their day clothes with them to hospital as part of a national drive to end ‘pyjama paralysis’.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have joined forces with NHS England’s drive to #EndPJparalysis - a nationwide campaign running from 17 April to 26 June 2018 to finish in time for the NHS 70th anniversary celebrations on 5 July. The 70 day campaign focusses on getting patients up, dressed in their own clothes, and moving to boost their recovery.

Once admitted to hospital, many patients resign themselves to staying in bed, in their pyjamas, for the duration of their time in hospital which can prevent recovery. Studies show that three-in-five immobile, older patients in hospital had no medical reason that required bed rest and doubling the amount of walking while in hospital reduces the length of stay.

#EndPJparalysis is not about forcing patients out of bed – it aims to prevent avoidable deterioration in their long-term health. This is where people remain in bed for longer than necessary which impacts on mental and physical wellbeing. It can increase the risks of falls from muscle weakness and reduced balance. It can cause disorientation, confusion, constipation, incontinence and swallowing and digestion problems, which can all lead to a longer stay in hospital than necessary.

Vicky Morris, Chief Nursing Officer and Jackie Edwards, Deputy Chief Nurse (Quality) donned their own pyjamas and visited patients on wards to encourage patients to get up, dressed in their own clothes, and describe the benefits this can have.

The Trust’s Deputy Chief Nurse (Quality), Jackie Edwards said:  “I love the whole concept of #EndPJparalysis. It focusses on helping our patients retain their own identity when they are in hospital. Through this campaign which is all about getting people up, out of bed and moving we will improve their experiences of our care.

“Letting our patients know that they don’t have to wear their night wear and encouraging their families not to take home their day clothes is one of the first steps in changing the culture. I urge all to get on board during our 70 day challenge.”