NHS staff across North Wales are backing a national initiative to improve inpatients’ health and wellbeing by encouraging them to stay active while in hospital.


PJ ParalysisThe #endPJParalysis project encourages healthcare staff to get people within their care to engage in physical and cognitive activity.


As part of the celebrations of the 70th birthday of the NHS staff are embarking on a drive to encourage patients to get up, get dressed and get moving.


The concept of PJ paralysis references the degenerative effect on patients who are bedbound for long periods of time.


Research shows that staying in bed for over a week in hospital can cause patients to lose over ten percent of their muscle mass through inactivity, and that 60 per cent of immobile patients had no medical reason that required bed rest.


As part of the movement, staff throughout Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are encouraging patients to increase their activity


Initiatives include communal dining and activities at Colwyn Bay Hospital, patients at Denbigh Hospital taking part in a new breakfast club aimed at getting patients up and active, and staff at Wrexham Maelor wearing their pyjamas to help strike up a conversation with patients and families about the issue.


Adrian Thomas, Executive Director of Therapies and Health Sciences, said: “We are embracing the national campaign to end “PJ paralysis”, and our staff will be helping patients get out of bed and back on their feet.


“When patients are immobile in bed for prolonged periods of time they are at risk of a number of health complications, including a deterioration in their mobility, and increased risk of pressure sores and pneumonia.”


PJ Paralysis 2Some of our staff will be wearing pyjamas in our hospitals to raise awareness of this issue and start the conversation about why it’s important to get patients out of bed and walking.”

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