Staff at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness have shown up to work in their pyjamas today in a bid to understand what it feels like to be a patient.
The dress up is being used to highlight the “End PJ Paralysis” campaign which looks to getting patients up and about and out of their pyjamas as soon as they are able to in order to improve recovery.
The campaign will start on Ward 6C, a medical ward, and will encourage patients who are fit to get dressed and get moving.
Dr Susan MacGregor, occupational therapy and physiotherapy service manager for Raigmore Hospital explained that promoting and supporting patients in getting up and getting dressed can improve patient recovery but also gets them home quicker.
She said: “Research has shown that being mobile helps you recover more quickly from illness and injury and encouraging people to get up, get out of bed and get dressed helps with that. It’s easier to get back into and maintain your normal routine when you are dressed and ready for the day ahead.
“Wearing pyjamas longer than you need to can actually make you feel vulnerable. Patients don’t feel ready to get up and about which can lead to loss of muscle strength, a higher risk of infection and a longer stay in hospital.”
There is evidence that suggests that for people over the age of 80 10 days in bed ages the muscles by 10 years while one week of bed-rest results in 10% muscle loss.
Nicola Rocke, senior charge nurse on Ward 6C where the campaign is starting, said: “Loss of strength for our patients could make the difference between dependence and independence. By highlighting our desire to end PJ paralysis and encourage our patients who are able to get up, get dressed and get mobile we know they’ll see the benefit of a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return home.”