In March, Holly Ward’s shared decision-making council at St Peter’s Hospital held a #endPJparalysis event, as their first project to relaunch and raise awareness of PJ Paralysis.
The #EndPJParaylsis initiative is a global movement embraced by nurses, therapists, and medical colleagues. There is extensive evidence that immobility in hospital leads to deconditioning, loss of functional ability and cognitive impairment. This initiative aims to value patients’ time and help more people to live the richest, fullest lives possible by reducing immobility, muscle deconditioning, and dependency at the same time as protecting cognitive function, social interaction and dignity.
To promote the #EndPJParalysis event, staff working on Holly Ward staff came to work dressed in their pyjamas.
During the event, the team welcomed our Chief Nurse, Andrea Lewis, to the event, who took part in sessions throughout the event.
Andrea Lewis, Chief Nurse said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed attending this event and seeing how we can put in place simple actions and to help our patient’s recovery and overall health’.
The ASPH Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy team also attended the event and organised a group exercise session. This session included games, stretching and dancing to aid lower limb and upper limb mobility, as well as strength. Whilst being beneficial for patients' physical health, this event aided in improving patients' mood and social interaction, also allowed patients from other wards to join the activities.