Why do Facilities Need to “Off Load” Patients?
By Nursing Home Law Center
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.Related Information