Emergency Department staff in Nottingham are doing their bit to stop deconditioning in patients from the moment they enter the hospital.
They have launched #EDFit2Sit their own arm of #endpjparalysis, the campaign to get patients dressed up and moving to avoid deconditioning and aid recovery.
#EDFit2Sit aims to help make sure patients are helped to stay off trolleys when appropriate during their treatment in ED.
Jane Newton, Matron for ED at Queen’s Medical Centre, said: “Everyone here understands the important message behind #endpjparalysis and recognises the benefits for patients being encouraged and supported to get up, get dressed and keep active when appropriate.
“We were keen to think about what we could do to play our part and decided to implement #EDfit2sit in the department so that when patients are able to they are encouraged to remain seated during their time with us rather than being on a trolley.
“Obviously we do our best to make sure that patients are able to go home from ED rather than on to the ward, but if they do need to be admitted we have helped start them thinking about the importance of keeping active to avoid deconditioning and that will have an impact on their stay and play a part in getting them home as soon as possible.”
Ann-Marie Riley, the Deputy Chief Nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, who was involved with the development of the #endpjparalyis campaign, praised the efforts of ED staff at Queen’s Medical Centre.
She said: “I am really pleased to see staff in the Emergency Department think about how they can contribute to this campaign and play their part in improving patient care.
“The #endpjparalysis campaign is a simple idea but there’s evidence that shows it can have real benefits for patients in reducing deconditioning and ultimately getting them home sooner.
“The #EDfit2sit campaign makes sure that from the minute a patient comes through the doors staff are thinking about these important factors and helping to set the tone for their stay with us, however long that may be.”
The #endpjparalysis campaign was born from conversations at NUH in November last year. Since then it has spread to become an international movement with millions of health staff in Canada, Australia and further afield supporting the principles.
Ann-Marie said: “At NUH we are really proud of our part in #endpjparalysis and thrilled it has become so successful. Staff here have really embraced the idea and it has grown organically with different areas coming up with different ways of putting these principles into practice.
“The ED team and #EDfit2sit is just one example of this in action and I’m sure there’ll be many more.”