12 Days of Christmas: Recovery Position with Rudolph
Date: Monday, 03 December 2018. -
On the first day of Christmas, Rudolph is giving you the gift of his first aid knowledge about the Recovery Position.
It could be said that Rudolph has one of the most important jobs over Christmas, ensuring that Santa Claus is safely transported around the world to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. Therefore, it is essential that Rudolph knows basic first aid so that he can quickly and effectively treat Santa in a medical emergency.
The Recovery Position is something that everyone (not just Rudolph) should be aware of. This piece of first aid should be used to treat an unresponsive victim who is still breathing. This particular position will help to manage the casualty’s airway, by preventing their tongue from falling to the back of their throat. It also protects the airway from vomit, which eliminates the risk of choking and causing further harm to the patient.
Airways consist of your nose, mouth, throat and lungs. It is vital that these are kept open to enable the passage of air to your lungs, so that oxygen gets transferred into your blood.
Rudolph has put together a step-by-step guide to ensure that you can administer the recovery position in an emergency:
1, Kneel down next to the casualty, roughly level with their chest.
2, Place the arm that is nearest to you at a right angle with their hand upwards, towards their head.
3, Tuck their other hand under the side of their head.
4, Bend their knee farthest from you to a right angle.
5, Carefully roll the victim onto their side by pulling their bent knee.
6, The victim’s top arm should be supporting their head and their bottom arm will stop them from rolling too far.
7, To open their airway, tilt their head back and lift their chin.
Recovery Position & Spinal Injuries
If you suspect that the victim has suffered a spinal injury, then they should NOT be moved, unless they are in imminent danger.
Moving a casualty with a spinal injury should always remain a last resort. However, if necessary, the recovery position can be adjusted to avoid further damage to the spine.
This position is known as the ‘log roll,’ which is where the casualty’s limbs are straightened, and they are moved in one slow, steady movement. The head, chest, hips and legs should be supported at all times, to keep the spine straight.
Festive First Aid
The countdown to Christmas is on, so stay tuned to receive more gifts of first aid knowledge, brought to you by some familiar festive faces.
Have a question about the Recovery Position? Sadly, Rudolph is busy over the Christmas period, but you can tweet us @ImpTraining and we’ll be happy to help.