The Recovery Position – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

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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
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17 thoughts on “The Recovery Position – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

  1. Shouldnt you first go trough your protocol ABCDE before considering this, because it is much more difficult to do that in a good way if the person is on the side in stead of on the back.

    When the person starts to vomit,bleed from mouth then you put the person on the recovery position and when it stops vomiting then you can return to the normal position and continue your survey.

    Or if you have to leave the patient because you want to call for help, then you cal also use the recovery position.

    If you are with 2 person then you can always use the chinlift or jaw thrust there is no reason to put the patient on recovery position UNLESS it starts vomiting.. Then you can temporary put the patient in the recovery position to safe the airway and when the danger is gone put again on the back and maintain jawthrust/chin lift.

  2. As a fat person I can assure you that sleeping in this position puts stress on my heart.
    Explain, please, why not turn the person to the right instead of to the left?

  3. Thank you for sharing. Very clear explanations given and the way videos are made are very helpful.

  4. Recovering position can be done on both the sides either left or right provided which side the first aider is standing
    If the first aider is in left side of the casualty then turn the patient on left side similarly right

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