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The Recovery Position - First Aid Training - St John Ambulance

If you've done a primary survey and established that your casualty is unresponsive

but breathing normally they should be placed into the recovery position

to help maintain the airway.

To do this, kneel next to them on the floor

remove their glasses and any bulky objects in their pockets but do not search their

pockets for small items. Make sure both of the casualty's legs are straight.

Then, take the arm nearest to you and place it out at a right angle to the body with

the palm facing upwards, like so.

Take the other arm and bring it across the chest

and place the back of the hand against your cheek nearest to you and hold it there.

With your other hand lift their far knee up until the foot is flat on the floor.

Whilst keeping the casualty's hand pressed against their cheek, pull the far leg

and carefully roll the casualty towards you and onto their side, like so.

Once you've done this, adjust the top leg so that it is at a right angle.

Tilt the casualty's head back so that the airway remains open.

If needed, adjust the hand on the cheek to help to keep the airway open.

If it has not already been done, call 999 or 112 for emergency help.

Keep checking their level of response until help arrives.

So remember if the casualty stops breathing at anytime, call 999 or 112 and prepare to

give them CPR. And that's how you place someone in the recovery position.

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