Why PJs are not always the best

Why PJs are not always the best photo courtesy of DC Thomson.jpg
Staff from wards 4 and 5 join OT staff promoting the #EndPJParalysis campaign  – photo courtesy of DC Thomson

Occupational therapy staff are promoting the #EndPJParalysis campaign at Royal Victoria Hospital with information stands being held outside wards at the hospital.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the health benefits to patients of getting dressed, out of bed and being as active as possible whilst in hospital.

Members of occupational therapy team kicked off the campaign last week by hosting an information stand outside wards 4 and 5 at RVH and this week they can be found outside wards 7 and 8.

#EndPJParalysis campaign’s key message is that if patients can wear their own clothes then they should be encouraged to do so.

The decision to remain wearing pyjamas or a hospital gown is very much dependent on each individual patient’s clinical or medical condition and staff are advocating that where appropriate patients should be supported to wear their own clothes.

For many patients wearing pyjamas reinforces the ‘sick role’ and so something as simple as changing out of them into their own clothes can have a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Occupational therapy staff, wearing their pyjamas, will be manning the stand this week between 2pm and 4pm, handing out information leaflets and chatting about the important key messages of the campaign.

So if you are visiting RVH this week stop by the #EndPJParalysis information stand as staff would be delighted to see you.

Did you know…

  • Bed bound patients lose 1-5% of their muscle strength every day they are in bed, they can also develop skin breakdown, pressure sores, confusion and fatigue. There is also extensive evidence that dressing patients in their own clothes is more dignifying and provides a sense of normality.
  • It has also been proven that for every 10 days of bed-rest in hospital, the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing occurs in people over 80 years old, and building this muscle strength back up takes twice as long as it does to deteriorate.
  • For an older person, a loss of muscle strength can make the difference between dependence and independence and within Occupational Therapy staff want to promote independence within patients on the wards.
  • This is the case for every patient in hospital, irrespective of their age. No matter how old a patient is, if they remain immobile and do not move around they will lose some muscle strength during their stay so it really is in the interests of all patients to be as mobile as possible.

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