Emma Gleeson, physio; Muireann O’Riordan, student; Anthony Marsh, attendant; John McDonnell, assistant and Louise Dore, physio
Naas General Hospital has launched an “End PJ Paralysis” campaign to encourage patients to get up and get dressed each day.
The initiative focuses on encouraging patients, where possible, to stop wearing their pyjamas or hospital gown when they don’t need to, and to increase their activity levels.
Staff in wards throughout the hospital are working with patients each day to encourage them to get up and get dressed in their own clothes. Patients are encouraged to bring comfortable day clothes and shoes with them when they are being admitted to the hospital. The initiative also includes daily physio-led exercise classes with patients to encourage mobility.
Aoife Spillane, senior physiotherapist at the hospital said: “For people over the age of 80, 10 days in bed can age the muscles by 10 years. This loss of strength could make the difference between staying independent or needing more help with daily living.”
Alice Kinsella, hospital general manager said: “Ensuring patients get into their own clothes not only helps them to recover quicker but also changes how they are viewed by staff and family. It can help empower the patient, enable more timely discharges, reduce patients’ length of stay and enhance patient flow.”
It is acknowledged that if you get up, get dressed and get moving, you may have less risk of getting infection, losing mobility and agility or losing fitness and strength.
People who are bedbound lose up to 5% of their muscle strength every day they are in bed, and bed rest can lead to the development of skin breakdown, pressure sores, confusion, fatigue and needing daily help.