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Five NHSGGC hospitals leading initiative encouraging patient independence

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Five of our hospitals are participating in a worldwide initiative designed to improve mobilisation and independence in hospital patients. 

The End PJ Paralysis campaign is highlighting the importance of patients getting up, getting dressed and moving around in order to prevent a lack of independence and muscle wastage. 

Wards at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Langlands Unit, the New Victoria Hospital, Gartnavel General Hospital and Paisley’s Toyal Alexandra Hospital are the first in the area to take part in the campaign. The initiate will then be rolled out across the whole area. 

Simple activities such as getting up out of bed, getting dressed, sitting up for meals and visitors, walking around the unit with or without help and doing exercises in bed throughout the day will deliver a number of health benefits for patients. 

Benefits include: 

  • Less bone and muscle weakness
  • A reduction in falls
  • Better breathing
  • Improved ability to fight infections
  • Less confusion
  • Better circulation
  • More stable blood pressure

Dr Margaret McGuire, Nurse Director, said: “Nursing and medical staff and allied health professionals in five of our hospitals have been working closely to introduce the End PJ Paralysis initiative in its first wave. 

“Staff are working across appropriate wards to encourage patients to focus on their mobility and independence as well as raise awareness with their families and friends. The aim is that the campaign will play an important role in motivating hospitalised patients to get up, dressed and moving around.

“The approach also encourages family members to become involved in the care of their loved ones. They can play their part by bringing in items such as day clothes, well fitting shoes and toiletries to help patients maintain part of their routine.”

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