The Recovery Position

The recovery position is the correct position in which to place a victim who is breathing, while waiting for help to arrive. Do not put a person in the recovery position if you suspect that he has a spinal injury or severe fractures.
  • Lie the victim on his back and kneel beside him. Tilt the head back and lift the chin to open the airway. If he/she is wearing glasses, remove them; loosen his shirt, belt and pants. If the victim is female ask permission to the relatives before proceeding to the steps
  • Straighten both legs and place the arm nearest to you at right angles to the victim's body, elbow bent, with the palm of the hand upper most.
  • Bring the far arm across his chest and hold the hand against the victim's cheek, palm outwards.
  • With the other hand, grasp the furthermost thigh and pull the knee up, keeping the foot on the ground.
  • Support the victim's head by keeping the hand pressed against his cheek with one hand. Roll him towards you with the other hand holding the bent knee of the farthermost leg.
  • Tilt the head back to open the airway, adjust the hand to support the head.
  • Adjust the uppermost leg so that the hip and knee are at right angles.
  • Check that the victim's breathing and pulse are regular.

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