W21C Journal Club | End PJ Paralysis

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W21C Journal Club | End PJ Paralysis

April 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

W21C Journal Club + is proud to present:

End PJ Paralysis

Paul Wright RN BSc.N CNNc
Calgary Zone Manager for Patient & Family Centred Care, Alberta Health Services

This session was recorded and is available here: https://connectmeeting.ucalgary.ca/p725lrca28v

Presentation Summary: PJ Paralysis is a term to describe the negative physical and psychological effects experienced by patients who spend lengthy periods of time inactive, and in their pyjamas while in hospital. People on lengthy stays can lose muscle strength, which leads to longer hospital stays. Wearing only pyjamas can also make a person feel less human, more vulnerable and constantly remind them they’re ill. This presentation will serve to outline the work underway in Alberta Health Services to end pj paralysis in various care settings using non prescriptive practices.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Create awareness and understanding of what End PJ Paralysis is and why it is important.
  2. Outline the process of implementation in various care areas.
  3. Review data sets for Calgary around frontline process and patient experience.
  4.  What’s next for end PJ Paralysis and how to get involved.

The W21C Journal Club+ is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

About the Presenter:

Paul Wright has worked as a direct care provider in the neurosciences population, formerly the unit manager for the Neurological Rehabilitation Program for Southern Alberta and is currently the Calgary Zone Manger for Patient and Family Centred Care. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science from the University of Ottawa and is the chair of the College and Association of Register Nurses of Alberta Continuing Competence committee. Paul has a strong passion for patient and family advocacy and has chaired and fostered patient and family centred care across the Province and is currently leading the end pj paralysis campaign to support patients around respect and dignity and to avoid deconditioning while in hospital. Paul’s focus is to create new opportunities for patients and families to be involved with health care improvements, system design and ensuring the patient and family are at the center of all care provision.


April 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


W21C Research and Innovation Centre
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W21C Multi-Purpose Room
GD01, TRW Building, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4Z6 Canada
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