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What is a recovery position?

  • Recovery position is how best to lay a victim to give him best chance of survival before medical help arrives.

  • Recovery position is ideal for victims who are unconscious but still breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions

  • Recovery position ensures victims’ airway remains clear and open. Recovery position also ensures that any vomit or fluid will not cause them to choke


                     How to place someone in recovery position

  • kneel on the floor on one side of the person

  • place the arm nearest you at a right angle to their body with their hand upwards towards the head

  • tuck their other hand under the side of their head, so that the back of their hand is touching their cheek

  • bend the knee farthest from you to a right angle

  • roll the person onto their side carefully by pulling on the bent knee

  • the top arm should be supporting the head and the bottom arm will stop you rolling them too far

  • open their airway by gently tilting their head back and lifting their chin, and check that nothing is blocking their airway

  • stay with the person and monitor their breathing and pulse continuously until help arrives

  • if their injuries allow you to, turn the person onto their other side after 30 minutes



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