Pyjama Paralysis

Our Surgical Ward is participating in the Safer Care Victoria End PJ Paralysis project.  The state-wide project aims to encourage patients to Get up, Get Dressed and Get Moving as soon as they are able as this helps with recovery.

End PJ Paralysis

#EndPJparalysis is based on the original campaign from the United Kingdom that produced great patient outcomes by seeing a reduction in patient falls, pressure injuries and the length of time a patient was admitted to hospital.

While sometimes it is necessary to wear a hospital gown, it can be a common misconception that the hospital gown is required to be worn for the full hospital stay. Patients who are being admitted to the Surgical ward are asked to bring in loose-fitting clothing and non-slip footwear for their hospital stay.

Where the Surgical or Orthopaedic team are happy for the patient to do so, the nursing and allied health staff will assist them in getting dressed, sitting out of bed for meals and walking around the ward.

What is Pyjama Paralysis?

Pyjama Paralysis is a loss of strength and function caused by long periods of bed rest.

Not getting dressed into day clothes can make you feel like you should stay in bed all day and not actively take part in recovery programs. This can lead to longer hospital stays and significantly lower your mobility after your operation.

How to stop Pyjama Paralysis

If you get up and get dressed in your day clothes you are more likely to walk around, feel confident and restore your sense of self. If you did not bring comfortable, loose fitting day clothes and non-slip footwear with you, ask family or a friend to bring some to hospital.

If you get up, get dressed and get moving you will have less risk of:
Loss of mobility
Loss of balance
Loss of strength
AND you are more likely to get home sooner.

View and download information sheet – End PJ Paralysis.pdf