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Pyjamas take pride of place at Ipswich Hospital launch
26 May 2018

Pyjamas take pride of place at Ipswich Hospital launch

A campaign to keep patients out of their pyjamas and on their feet has been launched at Ipswich Hospital.

Managing director Neill Moloney donned his own nightwear and joined medical and clinical staff, as well as a number of new students from the Philippines, to launch the hospital’s #endpjparalysis campaign, which is part of a wider national campaign.

Patients are encouraged to get dressed and keep moving so they do not lose strength, balance or mobility and reduce the risk of developing complications such as infections and bed sores.

Every 10 days of hospital bed rest can equal the equivalent of 10 years muscle ageing in patients over 85 and it takes twice as long to build this muscle strength back up as it takes to deteriorate.

Meanwhile, a recent pilot gave patients 91,278 days or 250 years’ worth of time back, across nine trusts in the east of England, as a result of getting patients up and dressed.

Neill Moloney said: “If I was stuck in bed for 10 days I might struggle to get out of it. So consider someone who is frail. That can make a huge difference to their recovery.

“A study has shown that 60 per cent of immobile older patients had no medical reason to have bed rest, while a 50 per cent increase in walking while in hospital is associated with a six per cent improvement in getting patients home quicker than we would have otherwise done so.

“Let’s do everything we can while our patients are in hospital to put the actions in place that enable them to mobilise and get back to their daily lives.”

Lead occupational therapist Penny Cason said: “It’s a bit of fun wearing our pyjamas but again, that is really important.

“Standing here in my pyjamas feels very strange. If I was stood here in my day clothes I would feel more confident, more engaged.
“It’s a very vulnerable feeling for our patients and we need to remember that.

“Spread the message, encourage your patients to get dressed and get involved in activities. Keep them orientated, keep them drinking and start thinking about home as early as possible. That’s really important that we get people back to their own environments and functioning at the highest level that we can.”