- 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 victims 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.