Stalham & Smallburgh First Responders
The Recovery Position
Video Courtesy of British Red Cross
To check if the person is conscious, try to get a response by gently tapping their shoulders and calling their name. If there is no response:
1. Open the airway by placing one hand on their forehead and gently tilting the head back and lifting the chin. Remove any visible obstructions from the mouth and nose.
2. Check breathing by looking, listening and feeling for breathing on your cheek for up to ten seconds. If they are not breathing normally, resuscitate. If they are breathing, treat any life-threatening injuries and put them in the recovery position.
This is the best position for a casualty who is unconscious and breathing.
If the casualty is unconscious but breathing, place them on their side in the recovery position.
1. Place arm nearest you at a right angle.
2. Move the other arm, as shown, with the back of their hand against their cheek. Then get hold of the knee furthest from you and pull up until foot is flat on the floor.
3. Pull the knee towards you, keeping the personís hand pressed against their cheek, and position the leg at a right angle.
4. Make sure that the airway remains open by tilting the head back and lifting the chin. Check breathing.
5. Monitor the casualtyís condition until help arrives.
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