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NGH launch campaign to ‘End PJ Paralysis’

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Naas General Hospital has launched its ‘End PJ Paralysis’ campaign to encourage patients to get up and get dressed each day. The campaign focuses on encouraging patients, where possible, to stop wearing their pyjamas or hospital gown when they don’t need to and increase activity.

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, Naas General Hospital commented: “For people over the age of 80, ten 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."

If you get up and dressed into your own clothes you are more likely to walk around, fell more confident and feel yourself again.

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Alice Kinsella, General Manager at Naas General Hospital stated: “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 patient’s length of stay and enhance patient flow.

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What are the benefits?

If you get up, get dressed and get moving, you may have less risk of:

  • Getting infection
  • Losing mobility and agility
  • Loss of fitness and strength

Why get up, get dressed, get active?

  • Bedbound patients lose 1 – 5% of their muscle strength every day they are in bed
  • 10 days bed rest = 10 years ageing in the muscles of people over 80
  • Bedrest can lead to the development of skin breakdown, pressure sores, confusion and fatigue
  • 48% increase in the chance of needing help with Activities of Daily Living 1 month after discharge
  • 5 x the risk of needing institutional care on discharge

Photo captions:

  1. Patrick Brennan and William Ronayne, patients at Naas General Hospital taking part in physio led exercise class with Muireann O’Riordan, Student Physio and Louise Dore, Physio, as part of the hospitals ‘End PJ Paralysis’ campaign to encourage patients to Get up! Get Dressed! Get Moving!
  2. The End PJ Paralysis Physio team at Naas General Hospital: Emma Gleeson, Physio; Muireann O’Riordan, Student Physio; Anthony Marsh, Physio Attendant; John McDonnell, Physio Assistant; and Louise Dore, Physio. ‘End PJ Paralysis’ is a new campaign launched at Naas General Hospital to encourage patients to Get up! Get Dressed! Get Moving!