Recovery Position

Recovery Position

on Tuesday, 03 March 2015.

If you discover a casualty who is unconscious but breathing normally, the best action to take is to place them in the recovery position.

This will manage their airway, ensuring it is kept clear for them to breathe.

You should remember DRAB, which stands for:

  • Danger
  • Response
  • Airway
  • Breathing

If they are breathing normally, place them in the recovery position.

Step 1 - Perform your primary survey (DRAB). Kneel down next to the casualty, roughly level with the chest. Grab hold of the arm that is closest to you, bend the elbow and allow the hand to rest palm upwards.

Step 2 - Grab the arm furthest from you, bring it towards you, hold the hand with your palm, palm to palm and place the back of the casualty's hand on the casualty's cheek.

Step 3 - With your free hand, reach across to the casualty's leg that is furthest from you and pull it up from behind the knee, bending the leg so that the foot is flat on the floor. Keep hold of the hand on the casualty's cheek and then place your other hand on top of their knee. 

Step 4 - Push down on the knee towards you and the casualty will begin to roll onto his side. allow the casualty to roll all the way over. Adjust the upper leg at the hip so that the knee is bent at right angles. Tilt the head back to extend the airway. 

Step 5 - Now you should call 999 if this hasn't been done already, and continue to check that the casualty is breathing regularly. Kepp the casualty warm and be prepared to resuscitate if they stop breathing.

Our handy infogram will guide you through the steps on how to put someone in the recovery position.

If you'd like more advice on the recovery position, our customer care team are always happy to help. You can reach them on 0845 071 0820.