Recovery Position

  • When a person is unconscious and lying on their back, the airway can become compromised by the tongue falling back or any vomit thrown up by the casualty.
  • Placing the casualty in the recovery position protects the airway from the tongue and any vomit will run out of the mouth.
  • After Placing them in the Recovery position:
  • Call for an ambulance if you haven’t already done so
  • Keep talking to them, keep them warm and continue to monitor their breathing
  • If they have to be kept in the recovery position for more than 30 minutes, turn them to the opposite side to relieve the pressure on the lower arm



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