Hospital staff aim to end PJ paralysis

Hospital staff aim to end PJ paralysis

Case study: Patients in hospital are being encouraged to get up, get dressed and get moving as part of a campaign being run by West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust. 

The idea is simple; getting people moving, if they are able to - often reduces the length of time they need to spend in hospital. 

Tracey Carter, chief nurse at the trust said:

It used to be the case that when patients arrived in hospital, they would stay in their pyjamas or hospital gown until they are discharged. The goal of our #endPJparalysis initiative is to get patients up, dressed and moving to enhance dignity and promote a speedier recovery.”

While patients of all ages can benefit from being more active, it’s particularly important for older people. Recent studies have also shown that 10 days in bed can lead to 10 years of ageing in the muscles of people over the age of 80.

Tracey adds: “There's sometimes an assumption that when you’re in hospital you should be in your pyjamas or nightwear all the time but that’s just not the case. At West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust we’d love to see more patients up and in their day clothes but we need the help of relatives, friends and carers to help and support us by bringing in a daily supply of fresh clothing to help patients get out of bed.

“Many of our patients do not want to spend any longer in hospital than is absolutely necessary so it is vital that our teams of nurses, therapists, doctors and support staff do everything they can to encourage and facilitate patients to get out of bed and get dressed. This helps promote independence so please help us to help them.”

Join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #endPJparalysis