Get up, get out of bed and get moving.
That’s the message Rural Northwest Health acute care nurses are promoting to their patients.
The message is part of a new worldwide campaign called #endPJparalysis and it is getting the full support of RNH management. The campaign is all about nursing patients back to an active lifestyle as soon as possible so their time in care is minimal.
Warracknabeal campus manager Wendy James said #endPJparalysis was a Safe Care Victoria project with a simple theory.
“If patients remain wearing pyjamas and spending every hour in their hospital bed, they will take longer to recover,” Ms James said.
“Patients who get up, get dressed and start walking around will feel better about themselves sooner,” she said.
“That way they are more likely to recover quicker and be discharged from hospital sooner.”
Ms James said there were examples of hospitals in England where there were big reductions in falls and pressure injuries as well as a reduction in the length of stays.
“One study showed that a 50 percent increase in walking while in hospital led to a six percent shorter length of stay,” she said.
“Keeping active will also help your ability to fight infections and improve your appetite, sleep and mood.”
Rural Northwest Health has promoted #endPJparalysis with a series of posters and brochures produced by communications manager Peter Miller. Mr Miller has also recorded a video clip starring Warracknabeal acute nurse Felicity Fine performing a parody of the Queen hit I Want To Break Free.
The video was released one week ago and has already had almost 900 views. To view the video, simply click on the link https://youtu.be/MO3B7qJvJVE
#endPJparalysis is a Safer Care Victoria project.