The Recovery Position

This is the best position for a casualty who is unconscious and breathing. It keeps their airway open and allows any vomit to drain onto the floor, so they don't choke on it.

  1. Place arm nearest you at a right angle.
  2. Move the other arm, as shown, with the back of their hand against their cheek. Then get hold of the knee furthest from you and pull up until foot is flat on the floor.
  3. Pull the knee towards you, keeping the person's hand pressed against their cheek, and position the leg at a right angle.
  4. Make sure that the airway remains open by tilting the head back and lifting the chin. Check breathing.
  5. Monitor the casualty's condition until help arrives.