The #EndPJparalysis campaign, led by Professor Brian Dolan, is about enabling hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving in order to prevent deconditioning and has gained a good deal of momentum in recent months.
The idea is simple. Wearing pyjamas or a hospital gown, for many patients, reinforces the fact that they are ill, and it is all too easy to settle into this ‘sick role’. Getting patients up and dressed rather than remaining in their pyjamas when they do not need to do so reinforces a normal activity we all do every day. It helps to change the mind-set to one where patients are recovering in readiness to go home and back to their usual routine, living as independently as possible, as quickly as possible.
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