INGA Wellbeing is named after my mother Inga. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 52 years old, I watched my proud, elegant mother lose not only her hair, but her dignity, self-confidence and enjoyment of others’ company. Cancer threatened to take her life, but the process of being treated for cancer was threatening to take everything that made her…well..her!
Why does this matter?
Too much Bedrest + Institutionalisation = De-conditioning
Patients feel , behave, and become sicker! they move less eat less socialise less Become passive Lose confidence Feel depressed
Well… if you feel exposed, are in your pyjamas, or it is awkward/uncomfortable to walk: you stay in bed! Patients who are hospitalised walk an average of fewer than 900 steps a day. And if you are over 75 and spend 10 days in hospital your muscles are aging by 10 years.
Bedrest leads to decreased bone density, increased risk of bone fracture, greater risk of falling, more pressure sores and increased risk of infection, as well as reduced appetite. Patients’ breathing, bowel function, equilibrium are all negatively affected.
And if you feel exposed/ in pyjamas: you decline visitors! An Australian Better health report about the effects of hospitalisation found that loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%
But even if you want to get dressed in your own clothes – high street clothing – you find you need help …from nurses….strangers… and are not able to decide when you take a shower or go to bed, or to the loo.
Again, the same report found that Up to 50% of older patients become incontinent within 24 hours of admission.
So clothing…..the right clothing is vital! …
Furthermore, we have found both the UK and Belgian media to be very receptive and have been delighted to get quite a bit of free coverage, including appearing on Kanaal Z news one evening.
Improving patient wellbeing: how personal experiences can drive real change (EN)
Improving patient wellbeing:
how personal experiences
can drive real change
My unusual healthcare CV
• UK diplomat to the EU
• Foundation executive
• Hospitalised in 3 countries
My not so unusual healthcare CV
- as a patient
- as a loved one
- for 15 years
- in 4 countries
- to ‘make things right’
- to help others
- Named projects
- Doctors &nurses
Provide feedback on the ‘little/big’ things
• Talk to the duty nurse
• Say thank you and praise the good
• Complete the patient questionnaire
• Send follow-up email
• Loss of independence
• Loss of confidence
• Encourages bedrest
• Awkward access
Be part of achieving real systemic change
Why does it matter?
There is an increased risk of:
- Falls - Incontinence - Lung infections
- Pressure sores - Thrombosis - Depression
Sources: ‘Kortebein et al, 2008 and ‘StayingActive While in Hospital’ report from Better Health, Victoria, Australia
10 days in bed ages muscles by 10 years for
those over 75 years old.
Up to 50% of older patients become
incontinent within 24 hours of admission.
Poorer clinical outcomes
Longer hospital stays
More care needed afterwards
Increased likelihood of re-hospitalisation
#endPJparalysis campaign Ann-Marie Riley RN
Deputy Chief Nurse
“We know that if patients stay in their
pyjamas or gowns for longer than they need
to, they have a higher risk of infection, lose
mobility, fitness and strength, and stay in
Professor Brian Dolan
“Getting up, dressed and moving could
make the difference between going
home, or to a home.”
"But if we can help patients get back to their
normal routine as quickly as possible including
getting dressed, we can support a quicker
recovery, help patients maintain their
independence & get them home sooner.“
Comfortable and attractive clothing for patients
More than a patient; a person!
Owned by patients and worn as
Suitable for in- and out-patients &
Won many awards.
Wonderful patient testimonials.
selected patient-focused retailers
Benefits of improved patient clothing
• Improved patient wellbeing –
mental; emotional and physical .
Early studies suggest patients go
• Enhanced reputation for high
quality patient care and experience.
• Improved nursing efficiency – less
time spent dressing patients; more
time available for other clinical and
patient care activities
• Faster and smoother medical
Together, we can improve the