The 70 day #EndPJparalysis Challenge
710,468 mobile – 703,161 dressed
The #EndPJparalysis campaign was first and foremost about valuing patients’ time, accepting that many of the people we care for are in their last 1000 days and they are the very people who do not have time to waste. They are also the very people who are most likely to get stuck in our hospital systems due to their increasingly complex health and social needs.
There is plenty of evidence that immobility in hospital leads to deconditioning, loss of functional ability and cognitive impairment, all of which have the potential to increase a patient’s length of stay, using up their valuable time.
The physical and emotional impact of deconditioning on individuals has been known about since the 1940’s. One of the major impacts of the #EndPJparalysis campaign has been the focus on both the individual and the organisational impact of ‘staying in bed’. Prior to this focus neither were fully explored or fully challenged.
To coincide with the 70 year anniversary of the NHS, a 70 day #EndPJparalysis challenge has just been completed with over 700,000 patients recorded as up and moving by participating hospitals. While there are many initiatives contributing to better patient experience and outcomes in hospital, the #EndPJparalysis Campaign and subsequent 70 Day Challenge has galvanised NHS staff from multiple disciplines and levels of seniority into action. This is largely because of the empowering social movement #EndPJparalysis has become. The campaign has changed the language, focus and behaviour of staff across the NHS acute sector, and this is just the beginning.
#EndPJparalysis become a global social movement embraced by nurses, therapists and medical colleagues. Its aim is to help more people to live the richest, fullest lives possible by reducing immobility, muscle deconditioning,and dependency at the same time as protecting cognitive function, social interaction and dignity while in hospital, in care homes and even in their own homes.
If this was your last 1000 days how many of them would you choose to spend in hospital?
Time left in the 70 Day #EndPJparalysis Challenge:
Download the #EndPJparalysis data collection app
The app can be downloaded from the Play Store or the App Store by searching for#EndPJparalysis (by Cambridge Digital Health).
For further information and lots of useful resources visit the #EndPJparalysis website
Are You Challenge Ready?
- Have you downloaded the #EndPJparalysis app?
- Are you registered on your app?
- Do firstname.lastname@example.org have your ward data?
- Does everyone in your team know about the challenge?
- Have you made your pledge?
Make it fun, make it count
Everyday a patient spends in bed without clinical reason has the potential to cause harm, and this is exacerbated for the elderly, and the chronically ill, the very people who may have the least time to waste. This challenge is about preventing harm, promoting recovery and focusing awareness. The benefits extend well beyond the actual patients involved in the next 70 days. This challenge will change attitudes of clinicians, or relatives and of patients themselves, this challenge will give voice (and evidence) to something we know to be true – moving is good for you.
#EndPJparalysis has gained huge support from patients, relatives and carers. Patients describe feeling like they are getting better, feeling like real people, and feeling more able to more confident in their recovery. Their relatives and carers are seeing the change and love that their relative is up and dressed when they come into see them.