Get up, get dressed, get moving, feel better
In Sydney Local Health District we promote and support a patient and family centred approach to care.
#EndPJParalysis is a global social media campaign encouraging patients to get out of night wear and into day clothes and comfortable shoes.
We know that when patients come into hospital and change into a gown, they’re more likely to be inactive.
We want to end the “paralysis” that comes with “PJs” and hospital gowns.
We encourage our patients to get out of night wear and into day clothes and comfortable shoes.
Wearing your own clothes and shoes can improve your mental and physical health by increasing your confidence and independence in getting active.
Spending extended periods in bed causes muscles to decondition.
Keeping active will helps the body’s ability to fight infections and improves appetite, sleep and mood.
Getting up and moving may also decrease the risk of pressure injuries, muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, risk of falls and pain.
From 20 June 2019, Sydney Local Health District hospitals, facilities, wards and departments are taking part in the #EndPJParalysis 70 day challenge.
We encourage patients to engage with their family, friends, visitors, carers as well as nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation specialists. We want to get our patients back to your normal routine and home to family and friends sooner.
Did you know?
- In people aged over 80, 10 days in bed ages muscles by 10 years.
- Patients who get up, dressed and moving recover quicker and return home sooner.
- Patients who stay in their pyjamas can experience loss of muscle strength, have a higher risk of infection and generally stay longer in hospital.
- Wearing day clothes during a hospital stay can improve overall mental and physical health.
- Keeping active helps the body’s ability to fi ght infections, improve appetite, sleep and mood.
- In people aged over 80, one week of bed rest can result in 10% muscle loss.
To find out more, speak to your Nursing Unit Manager or contact the Demand Management Unit on 9515 9393.