Some of the staff at Wexford General looked like they were ready for bed as they worked the wards while taking part in a new campaign aimed at getting patients up and active. A number of staff members donned their finest pyjamas in work to promote the campaign to 'End PJ Paralysis'.
The goal of the campaign is to encourage patients, where possible, to get up and get dressed each day and to get out of their pyjamas or hospital gown and increase activity. Staff wards have been working with patients to encourage them to get up and get dressed into their own clothes and patients are encouraged to bring comfortable day clothes and shoes with them when being admitted to hospital.
Those who try to remain active and get moving while in hospital may have less risk of getting infection and of losing mobility fitness and strength. In fact, bed bound patients are said to lose between one and five percent of their muscle strength every day they're in bed. There were some funny looks as the staff made their way around in their colourful PJs and dressing gowns, but it proved a great way to raise awareness for the campaign.