- Used when a person is breathing and unconscious.
- Helps keep airway open.
- Allows fluid to drain from mouth.
- Prevents aspiration.
How to Place in Recovery Position
- Extend victim’s arm closest to you above victim’s head.
- Place victim’s leg farthest from you, over his other leg.
- Support head and neck.
- Place victim’s arm farthest from you across his chest.
- Roll victim towards you.
- Position victim’s top leg so the knee acts as a prop for the body.
- Place victim’s hand under chin to keep airway open.
Emergency Rescue Moves
In general, a rescuer should not move a person unless it is necessary to provide care or there is a direct danger to the person’s life. Remember to protect the head, neck and back.
Clothing Drag – Grasp the shirt near the shoulders. Lift up and walk backwards dragging the patient.
Blanket Drag – Place the patient on blanket or sheet. Grasp at head end, lift up and walk backwards or crawl while dragging the patient.
Extremity Drag – If necessary, simply drag by holding the legs or forearms and pulling.