We’re fighting to #EndPJParalysis
Date: 25 June 2018
We work hard to make you better when you are in hospital, but sometimes being in hospital can make people sick. Keeping our patients active can make a real difference to their experience of care and their long term health, which is why we are supporting the national campaign to #ENDPJPARALYSIS.
When we admit a patient to hospital, we are focused on providing them with the best care that we can. Medicines, surgery and therapies can all be important in a patient’s treatment, but that’s not all; nutrition, hydration and mental health all need to be taken into account so that patients can recuperate fully. But did you know that physical activity can also have a significant effect on a patient’s wellbeing when they are in hospital?
If a patient ends up stuck in bed not moving for long periods of time this can lead to ‘deconditioning’. This is where muscles waste and it contributes to increased physical weakness, a higher risk of falls, problems to digestion and continence as well as mental health issues such as depression and feelings of social isolation.
To prevent this, we are working hard to get our patients up, dressed in their own clothes and out of bed if they are well enough to do so – to stop them from being stuck in bed in their pyjamas, or a hospital gown in PJ Paralysis. This is what #EndPJParalysis is about. It’s simple, but it can make a big difference to patients’ wellbeing.
Karen Rule is the Trust’s Director of Nursing and has been leading the #EndPJParalysis initiative at Medway. She says:
“Every morning our nursing staff across the Trust are making sure that we focus not just on making sure our patients are fed, cared for and provided with treatment but that we do our best to get them up and moving.
“We can’t and won’t accept patients getting sicker just because they are in hospital. By working to End PJ Paralysis, we can make them healthier and happier and help them to have a better experience while they are with us.”
How you can help #EndPJParalysis
The official End PJ Paralysis campaign ends on 26 June, but we will still be working hard to get our patients up and moving. If you are visiting a loved one in hospital, you can help us End PJ Paralysis. Make sure that they have a set of clean clothes from home that they can change into and help us to get them up and about.
Keeping our patients active can make a real difference to their experience of care and their long term health, which is why we are supporting the national campaign to #ENDPJPARALYSIS.