The Dangers of Too Much Bedrest

Clothes are more than just vanity! What we wear during medical treatment affects our morale, how much we sit, walk and socialise and therefore our appetite, muscles, bones and balance.

Indeed, nurses know, and researchers have confirmed, that the hospital gown makes patients feel, behave and become sicker.

The statistics below have been compiled by nurse-led campaign #endPJparalysis, which is now active in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Along with the Dutch campaign Ban Bedcentricity, it aims to raise awareness of the dangers of too much bedrest and encourages patients to get up, get dressed and get moving by bringing in their own clothes to the hospital.

INGA Wellbeing clothes are endorsed by #endPJparalysis founder Professor Brian Dolan and the team behind Ban Bedcentricity are working to bring INGA Wellbeing clothes to patients in their hospital.   

INGA Wellbeing patient clothing blue long-sleeved t-shirt top
  • In one study, patients wearing ‘normal’ clothes in hospital spent 0.75 fewer days on wards than patients who wore hospital gowns or traditional nightwear.
  • Two days of bed rest equates to 2-5% reduction in muscle strength.​
  • A person over 80 who spends 10 days in a hospital bed will lose 10% of muscle mass.
  • ​Immobility can reduce patients’ appetite. Malnutrition can increase mortality, risk of infection, length of stay and overall healthcare costs.
  • Up to 50% of older people become incontinent within 24 hours of admission into hospital. 

“Having clothing that is comfortable, addresses clinical requirements of drains, drips etc is what INGA Wellbeing offers and is a great solution that stops patients being a mosaic of detachable clinical conditions and humanises them again.”

Professor Brian Dolan, founder of nurse-led campaign #endPJparalysis

“These [INGA Wellbeing] innovative, yet normal looking, garments should help patients to regain their independence more quickly as they are empowered to dress themselves, move about and socialise, which in turn should promote a speedier recovery.” 

Jacques Peeters, Medical technical department head nurse & ergomotricity specialist, Jules Bordet Institute, Belgium


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