The Recovery Position (lateral position)

If the casualty is unconscious but breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they should be placed into the recovery position. This allows the tongue to fall forward, to achieve and then maintain an open airway to assist breathing. It also allows the drainage of blood, saliva, vomit etc and helps prevent an airway blockage.

Step One

Kneel beside the casualty between their shoulder and hip.

Place the casualty’s far arm straight out (at 90 degrees to their body).

Step Two

Place the casualty’s near arm across their chest.

Step Three

Lift and bend the casualty’s nearest leg by lifting under the knee.

Step Four

Gently roll the casualty away from you, using the casualty’s knee and shoulder as leverage points.

Ensure the knee of the upper leg touches the ground.

Step Five

Gently tilt the casualty’s head back.  Slightly turn and direct the casualty’s chin downward to allow drainage of fluids from the mouth.