If the victim is breathing and in no need of chest compressions and CPR, the victim should be placed in the recovery position. The recovery position puts the victim in a position that keeps the airway open. To put the victim in the recovery position grab the victims leg and shoulder and roll them towards you.
Continue to roll the victim until they are on their side.
Adjust the top leg so that both the hip and knee are bent at right angles. Gently tilt the head back to keep the airway open. Keep the person warm until medical help is obtained. If breathing or circulation stops at any time, roll the person back on to their back and begin CPR.
Review Date: 2/12/2021
Reviewed By: Jesse Borke, MD, CPE, FAAEM, FACEP, Attending Physician at Kaiser Permanente, Orange County, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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