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End PJ Paralysis challenge launches at the Countess

IMG 0067Nurses and therapists at the Countess of Chester Hospital are urging patients to avoid staying in pyjamas and start wearing their own clothes on the wards.

As part of a national ‘End PJ Paralysis’ challenge, staff at the Countess are aiming to contribute to 1 million days of patients being up, dressed and mobile between 17 April and 26 June.

Staff kick-started the 70-day campaign by wearing their own pyjamas or hospital gowns on 17 April, with a stand in the main reception handing out information to patients and visitors.

“We’re stood here in the middle of a corridor wearing pyjamas because we want people to walk past and stare at us,” Stephen Worrall, Project co-ordinator for Falls Prevention, said. “Wearing pyjamas all the time isn’t normal outside of hospital and it shouldn’t be inside hospital either. When people are able to get up and get dressed they should always do so in the exact same way they would at home.”

Studies have shown that getting dressed and mobilising at the earliest opportunity can lead to a reduction in falls, shorter hospital stays and fewer pressure injuries.

Fast facts about deconditioning

  • 10 days of bed rest in hospital leads to the equivalent of 10 years ageing in the muscles of people over 80
  • A 50% increase in walking while in hospital is associated with a 6% shorter length of stay
  • 47% of delayed transfers of care in one study related to deconditioning

As part of the 70-day initiative staff will be counting the number of patients on each ward that are dressed and moving about every day, with this data feeding through to the national campaign here:

On day one the Countess’ therapy-led Intermediate Care Unit was already seeing more than 50% of patients getting up, dressed and moving about – see tweet below.

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Director of Nursing and Quality Alison Kelly said: “When people come to hospital they can naturally slip into ‘patient mode’ and even those who are mobile can end up staying in their beds. We want to help people get back to normality as soon as possible by getting up, dressed and experiencing the confidence boost that comes along with that.”

:: For more information about the campaign click here

:: End PJ Paralysis first started at the Countess in 2017 and this 70-day challenge is refreshing and relaunching the movement in Chester. To find out more about last year’s efforts click here