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Comic launched to support #EndPJParalysis campaign

A specially commissioned comic strip has been published in support of a campaign to end “pyjama paralysis” and improve patient activity and mobility during a hospital stay.

NHS Highland has partnered with the makers of the famous Scottish cartoon strip, The Broons, to create a comic in support of the #EndPJParalysis campaign.

“Often one of the best things patients can do to get home from hospital sooner is to get out of their PJs and get up, dressed and moving”

Brian Dolan

The long-running campaign seeks to reduce patient inactivity and the associated complications, including muscle and bone degeneration, falls, pressure damage, incontinence and cognitive impairment.

It was first launched in 2016 by nurse Professor Brian Dolan and over the years has been backed by several senior nurses across the UK.

The purpose of the new The Broons comic is to use the famous cartoon characters to target older people and their families, to support them to prevent, recognise and reduce deconditioning.

The comic provides a comprehensive overview of the risks associated with deconditioning and the characters highlight the importance of keeping moving while in hospital.

The resource will be circulated across all hospitals within NHS Highland and the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.

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Brian Dolan

Professor Dolan, who appears as a character in this special edition of the comic, said: “Often one of the best things patients, especially older people, can do to get home from hospital sooner is to get out of their PJs and get up, dressed and moving.

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“We know this can reduce the risk of falls, urine infections and much else and getting dressed can help a person feel like themselves again, boosting their wellbeing and confidence.”

Meanwhile, Derek Laidler, professional lead physiotherapist at Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, said the #EndPJParalysis campaign had “highlighted awareness of the adverse effects of deconditioning”.

He added: “Admission to hospital for many older people can be seen as a low-risk option and it’s important for older people, their families and carers as well as health and social care staff to be aware of the very real risks involved when deciding the best options to manage an injury or illness.

“This collaboration with The Broons will help us to get that message across.”

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