Recovery position for an unconscious adult

  • Remove any heavy things from the casualty’s pockets.
  • Ensure that his legs are straight and kneel beside him in level with his chest.
  • Place the arm nearest to you at a right angle to his body with the palm facing upwards.
  • Pull his far leg up at the knee until his foot is resting flat on the ground.
  • Lift the other arm, bring it across his body towards you and hold the back of his hand against his chest.
  • Grasp the casualty’s raised knee with one hand and support the hand against his cheek with your other hand.
  • Pull through the knee and gently roll the casualty towards you.
  • Keep the casualty’s head back and neck aligned during turning.
  • If you have help, one person can support the head while you turn him as required.
  • Tilt the casualty’s head back slightly to keep the airway open.
  • The casualty’s uppermost hand should be under his cheek to help maintain the correct position.
  • The casualty’s upper leg should be at a right angle at his hips and knee.
  • His lower leg and back should align.
  • His lower arm should be at a right angle at the shoulder and elbow.



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