Why do Facilities Need to “Off Load” Patients?

By Nursing Home Law Center

Off Load Patients

Off loading is the relief of pressure from a particular area. Off loading usually refers to the removal of pressure for a minimum of one minute from the area. Physicians will dictate the frequency with which residents are to be off loaded the duration.

In patients confined to a wheelchair, off loading requires the staff to stand the person upright using a lift or staff assistance. Similarly, after a patient has used the toilet, regulations may require the facility to off load the patient before helping them back to their wheelchair.

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