Trust nurses have dressed up in pyjamas to raise awareness of reducing pressure ulcers as part of a national campaign.
In conjunction with the national NHS Stop the Pressure programme, tissue viability nurses at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) have encouraged patients to get out of bed and dressed in an attempt to relieve pressure areas. Staff also delivered information to ward staff about how to identify early signs of potential risk.
The ‘end PJ paralysis’ campaign is a NHS initiative and national tissue viability network groups have taken on the challenge which has been championed by all chief across the NHS.
Pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue, primarily caused by prolonged pressure on the skin. They can happen to anyone, but usually affect people confined to bed or who sit in a chair or wheelchair for long periods of time.
By changing in to their own clothes and getting out of bed, hospital patients can benefit from a quicker recovery time.
Alison Schofield, tissue viability service lead, said: “We went to every ward at Scunthorpe hospital to educate the staff and patients in a unique way.
“We wanted to inform and engage about what is a serious message and that was well received.
“Staff competed in the pressure area challenge game by identifying pressure areas in quick time. This shows that skin inspections don’t take long and can help identify early risks on patients.”
The team mascot PUG (pressure ulcer guide) dog also visited staff and patients and the team proudly sung their unique “end PJ paralysis” song on every ward.