Trainer Tips: Recovery Position
This month our trainer shows you how to do the recovery position.
Follow the below steps or watch the video to learn how to put a casualty into the recovery position.
- Kneel beside the casualty
- Remove the casualty’s glasses and any bulky objects from their pockets if it is safe to do so.
- Make sure both of the casualty’s legs are straight
- Place the arm that is nearest to you away from the casualty’s body, making sure the elbow is bent and palm facing up
- Bring the arm that is farthest from you across the casualty’s chest and hold the back of the hand against the cheek closest to you
- With your other hand, grasp the far away leg at the knee
- Pull the casualty’s leg up until the foot is flat on the ground
- Whilst keeping the casualty’s hand pressed against their cheek, pull the far away leg and roll the casualty towards you onto their side
- Tilt the head back by the chin, to ensure the airway remains open
- Adjust the upper leg until at a right angle
- Monitor and record the casualty’s vital signs (breathing, pulse and level of response) and if necessary, after thirty minutes repeat this process and roll them onto the opposite side