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Getting Patients Up, Dressed and Moving

Monday 29 January 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Getting Patients Up, Dressed and Moving
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Preventing Hospital Associated Deconditioning & Improving Patient Outcomes

Follow the conference on Twitter #endpjparalysis

“We should all support #EndPJparalysis” Jane Cumming, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England Feb 2017

“Despite the hard work of caring staff, patients, particularly older people, get ‘stuck’ in hospitals, and the systems and silos in healthcare conspire to make this worse.” Prof Brian Dolan, Last 1000 days, 2017

“Patients should wear their own clothes unless it’s for reasons of clinical appropriateness rather than organisational culture…Patients’ time is sacred and there needs to be no needless waiting, no needless harm, and no needless suffering.” Prof Brian Dolan 2017

“If  on a ward round we see patients still in bed in nightclothes with bed rails up, it’s the responsibility of everyone in the ward team to challenge and change this.” David Oliver: Fighting pyjama paralysis in hospital wards, BMJ 2017

This conference takes a case study focused approach to getting patients up, dressed and moving through learning from organisations that have successfully implemented #EndPJparalysis in practice, bringing the #last1000days and #Red2Green to life.  Sessions will focus on changing culture and practice, data collection and monitoring, changing patient and carer expectations, preventing deconditioning, understanding the evidence  and looking at the patient perspective. The conference will provide a practical guide to getting patients up, dressed and moving in your service.

“This campaign focuses on encouraging patients in hospitals, where possible, to stop wearing their pyjamas or hospital gown when they don’t need to. Why? Because wearing pyjamas for many patients reinforces the ‘sick role’ and can prevent a speedier recovery. Obviously the patient and their condition need to be taken into consideration and this idea cannot apply to every single in-patient, however for many, it’s a matter of enabling them to get up, get dressed and get moving....We know that for every 10 days of bed-rest in hospital, the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing occurs in people over 80-years old, and building this muscle strength back up takes twice as long as it does to deteriorate. One week of bedrest equates to 10% loss in strength, and for an older person who is at threshold strength for climbing the stairs at home, getting out of bed or even standing up from the toilet, a 10% loss of strength may make the difference between dependence and independence.” NHS England February 2017

“Ensuring patients get into their own clothes not only helps them to recover more quickly and changes how they are viewed by staff and the patient’s family, it also has benefits for staff on the front line. It can help to build system capacity by improving patient flow, enabling more timely discharges, reducing the patient’s length of stay, and enable more timely admissions for other patients…By getting patients into their own clothes and building their strength, as well as improving their mental outlook on the reason for their stay, it enhances the mental wellbeing of patients as they are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their own health and become active participants in their personal health journey.” NHS England 2017

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