It's something that can take seconds to learn and can help save a life, so what are you waiting for?
Be a hero: learn how to put somebody in the recovery position.
St John Ambulance have created a great video, clearly explaining how to put someone in a recovery position. If you come across a person who is unconscious but breathing, you can help by positioning them in a secure way. The recovery position helps keep the airway open, potentially saving a life while you wait for a paramedic to arrive.
If you're unable to watch the above video, here's a step-by-step guide to the recovery position
Provided by the NHS
- With the person lying on their back, kneel on the floor at their side
- Place the arm nearest you at a right angle to their body with their hand upwards, towards the head
- Tuck their other hand under the side of their head, so that the back of their hand is touching their cheek
- Bend the knee farthest from you to a right angle
- Carefully roll the person onto their side by pulling on the bent knee
- The top arm should be supporting the head and the bottom arm will stop you rolling them too far
- Open their airway by gently tilting their head back and lifting their chin, and check that nothing is blocking their airway
- Stay with the person and monitor their condition until help arrives
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