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Staff in pyjamas say "Let's Get Moving"

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Fuseworks Media

Pyjama-wearing hospital staff have been highlighting the debilitating impact on patients of spending long periods in bed.

Research shows that, for the over 80s, spending 10 days in bed can age their muscles by 10 years. Tauranga Hospital staff donned their PJs this week to showcase the issue and launch the Let’s Get Moving campaign.

"We wanted to start a conversation about the impact even a few days bed rest can have on reducing muscle strength and increasing the risk of complications for patients, particularly for older patients in hospital," said Older Adult Nurse Practitioner Rosie Winters.

Key themes of the week included a focus on getting patients dressed in their normal clothes again as soon as possible and staying active. Patient feedback was very positive and the experience of wearing pyjamas to work proved thought-provoking for staff.

"One of our staff said how unmotivated she felt because she was wearing her pyjamas," said Mrs Winters. "It brings home the psychology of clothes. We’ve used this as an opportunity to talk to patients about being conscious of their activity levels each day.

"With patients, once they come in and change into gowns they tend to retract into a passive role. For the older person even a few days bed rest can cause a rapid decline in muscle strength and lead to an increased stay in hospital and complications."

The Let’s Get Moving campaign (based on the #endPJparalysis movement from the UK) featured staff from Tauranga Hospital’s Medical Wards, APU (Admissions Planning Unit) and Allied Health team and was launched on Monday 18 September.


Patient Gloria Andrew (left), Occupational Therapist Katie Wheelton (right) and Allied Health Assistant Rachel Frost enjoying a ward-based activity session during this week’s Let’s Get Moving campaign.

Pyjama-wearing Tauranga Hospital Medical Ward and Allied Health staff help launch the Let’s Get Moving campaign.

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