NHS Tayside teams support #EndPJParalysis campaign

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The occupational therapy department  and nursing teams in orthopaedics at Ninewells Hospital are promoting the importance of patient movement as part of the #EndPJParalysis campaign.

The teams have been working within orthopaedic wards to promote the principles behind the national #EndPJParalysis campaign. The campaign aims to promote the benefits of patients in hospital getting up out of bed, dressed and moving when clinically appropriate.

Members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) are promoting and supporting patients in getting up and getting dressed as this can improve a person’s recovery and their experience within a ward environment and hospital stay.

Staff members have held information stands outside orthopaedic wards In Ninewells this week to discuss the campaign and to answer any questions.

Team Lead Occupational Therapist Annmarie Crawford said, “The #EndPJparalysis campaign is important for encouraging patients to maintain as much of their daily routine as possible to build confidence for returning to their home environment.  Having the displays outside the wards has given the opportunity to speak to relatives and visitors to the wards.

“The response has been positive with relatives keen for their family members to be active as possible whilst in hospital before returning home.”

Head of Nursing Ann McLean added, “All members of the nursing teams within orthopaedics have been keen to participate.

“It is important for patient’s dignity to spend as much time as possible in their own clothes.”

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