The Recovery Position

The four stages of the recovery position

Use the recovery position for an unconscious person who is breathing. Roll their body towards you and onto their side. Then:

  • tilt the head back to keep the airway clear
  • ensure that the head and neck are in a straight line
  • keep the hip and knee bent at 90 degrees to keep body stable and comfortable
  • use the casualty's hand to support the head, but it should remain lower than the body to allow fluids to drain from the mouth
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