Help Whittington Health to #EndPJParalysis
20 Apr 2018
“It isn’t normal for people to spend all day in pyjamas at home, so if they are able to get dressed, why should they do this in hospital? While patients often need rest, spending too much time in bed when they don’t need to can actually be damaging – one week of bed rest can make a patient 10 per cent weaker. Getting dressed makes it more likely that patients will get out of bed and move around, meaning that they will regain strength and often have to spend less time in hospital.
- Just 10 days of bed rest in hospital can mean muscles ageing by an equivalent of 10 years in patients over 80
- Patients who walk about more often are more likely to go home faster
- By getting dressed and moving about, maintaining physical strength, patients are less likely to fall and have pressure injuries
The 70 day long national #EndPJParalysis campaign, aimed at achieving one million patient days of relevant patients being up, dressed and mobilising, kicks off on 17 April. It looks to better value patient time and help them to get home faster. NHS England, which is running the national campaign, has set out some facts to support the campaign:
- 10 days of bed rest in hospital leads to the equivalent of 10 years ageing in the muscles of people over 80 (Kortbein et al 2004, J Gerontology)
- One study showed 60% of immobile older patients had no medical reason that required bed rest (Graf 2006, Am J Nursing)
- A 50% increase in walking while in hospital was associated with a 6% shorter length of stay (McCullough et al 2006, Phys Measure)
- The application of #EndPJparalysis in Ward C4, Trauma & Orthopaedic Unit, Nottingham University Hospitals, led to
- 37% reduction in falls
- 86% reduction in pressure injuries
- 80% reduction in patient complaints
- Spot audit showed reduction in length of stay of 1.5 days
- 47 per cent of delayed transfers of care in one study related to deconditioning (Lim et al 2006)
More information on the national campaign can be found on the national campaign website http://www.endpjparalysis.com/ and the blog from NHS England Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jane Cummings.
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