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Ending 'PJ paralysis'

Poole Hospital is backing a campaign aimed at ensuring patients go home sooner and fitter.

‘End PJ Paralysis’ encourages patients to remain as active and independent as possible while in hospital. Studies show that bed rest can result in a loss of strength and prematurely age muscles for some older patients.

The campaign is part of activities to mark 70 years of the NHS, and nationally hopes to ‘give back’ to patients one million days that would otherwise be spend in a hospital bed over the next 70 days.

Patricia Reid PJ paralysisPatricia Reid, director of nursing at Poole Hospital, said home is very often the right place for a patient to be.

“There is an abundance of evidence in medical literature against spending too much time in bed, some of it dating back to the 1940s,” she said.

“Depending on a patient’s age, 10 days of bed rest can age muscles by up to a decade, while just a week can lead to a 10 per cent loss in muscle strength.

“Ending PJ paralysis is about supporting patients to return to their normal functional levels so they can get home sooner.”

Professor Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, echoed Patricia’s views.

“For many wearing pyjamas reinforces feeling unwell and can prevent a speedy recovery,” said Professor Cummings.

“One of the most valuable resources is a patients’ time and getting people up and dressed is a vital step in ensuring that they do not spend any longer than is clinically necessary in hospital.”

Click here for more information on ending PJ paralysis.

Click on the links below for pyjama paralysis leaflets:

Elderly care leaflet

Adult care leaflet

Maternity care leaflet

Adolescent care leaflet

Paediatric care leaflet

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