An innovative new design for the bed clothes worn by hospital
patients has picked up a national award.
The 'Pyjown' has been designed by Diane Hindson, a back care
advisor at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and
aims to protect a patient's dignity while also making it easier for
the patient to be dressed.
Diane explained: "When you are working with elderly patients or
those who have stiff joints, are disabled or who have drips &
lines dressing in, a normal pyjama top can be difficult for
dressing and using a hospital theatre gown has its own dignity
"After a few sleepless nights thinking about this I started to
sketch out a different style top which I thought would address both
these issues. The pyjown makes it much easier for these patients to
be assisted to dress, without carers trying to 'contort' their arms
into a pyjama sleeve or without having to resort to unbecoming,
sometimes undignified, hospital theatre gowns. The pyjown looks
just like a pyjama top once fitted, but is applied easily from the
front and fastened at the back of the neck like a hospital gown. It
is intended mostly for frail, bedbound patients, but as traditional
pyjama bottoms are worn with it, should the patient be ambulatory,
there is no risk of "bottom" exposure as with the traditional
"Once I had my sketches I took them to the sewing room at
Darlington Memorial Hospital and Michelle Hodgson was able to
make a 'mock up' of the design for me. From there I have received
support from NHS Innovations and I am absolutely delighted to
receive the HefmA award recognising my design."
The Pyjown is a one piece top, with wide, short sleeves which
make it easier for IV tube access and the button, partial front
opening allows for easy access to the chest for ECG or examination
purposes. The button front and the plastic snap fasteners also mean
that there is no interference with X-rays or MRIs.
Diane continued: "Maintaining patient dignity and promoting
their comfort is a major benefit of the Pyjown. Taking care of the
staff/carers and improving productivity is an added bonus. The
ergonomic postural scoring tools confirm that dressing patients
with restrictive shoulder joint movement with the traditional
pyjama top is a high risk task for the carer. I hope that this
simple, low/no extra cost, but high benefit, innovation will
benefit patients, relatives, carers and care establishments for
years to come."
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is now going
to trial Diane's design on one of the elderly care wards at
Darlington Memorial Hospital and will use the trial to gather
feedback from patients, their families and staff on the new
The 'pyjown' picked up the 'innovation award' at the national
awards for the Health Estates Facilities Management Association
(HefmA) on Tuesday 10 May. County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust also received awards for 'FM team of the year' and
'FM manager of the year' for Alison McCree, the Trust's Associate
Director of Facilities.
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Published: 16 May 2011
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