recovery position


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recovery position

A position in which the patient is placed on the left side with the left arm moved aside and supported to allow for lung expansion and the right leg crossed over the left. This position affords the unconscious, breathing patient the best protection from airway occlusion or aspiration of fluids into the lungs.
See also: position
The recovery position.

recovery position

urgent first aid position to protect the airway of an unconscious or semi-conscious person, whatever the cause (e.g. victims of drowning or poisoning) until further medical assistance arrives. This position prevents the tongue falling back in the mouth, obstructing the airway, or the possible aspiration of blood or vomit into the lungs. The casualty is laid on one side with the underneath leg straight while the other leg is fully flexed at the hip, with the knee bent and resting on the ground, altering the centre of gravity to prevent rolling onto the back. The head is supported by the arm, maintaining the desired position with the face tilted towards the ground. It is important not to move the casualty if a spinal injury is suspected, unless for resuscitation. Also known as coma position.
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Prof Nolan agreed that the fact Peter was put into the recovery position might suggest he was alive.
Asked how he knew the recovery position, Havlin said: "My fiancee, Janine Lees, does first-aid courses and when she has been doing her homework I have picked up on one or two things.
She said: "My daughter put her stepdad in the recovery position and stayed calm when normally she panics.
Mr Pratt: "There was no point in the recovery position because you knew Billie-Jo was dead.
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The mum of two managed to get her daughter in the recovery position and cleared her airways by pushing in a tooth before the youngster was rushed to hospital.
The Chief Executive Officer has directed XENs Operation Hangu, Bannu and Tank Divisions to improve recovery position in order to avoid disciplinary action against them.
During their time in the country they will train police officers, teachers, schoolchildren, St John Zambia trainers and members of the public in first aid skills including CPR, the recovery position, how to deal with choking and other essential lifesaving techniques.
For a baby less than a year old, a modified recovery position must be adopted.
He told jurors how, using his fireservice training, he put city firefighter and football coach Mr Gibbons, into the recovery position, checked his airways were clear and waited until an ambulance arrived to take his friend to hospital.
Quick-thinking Aaron, of Fernwood, Redcar, put First Aid training learned at Redcar and Cleveland College into practice, clearing Jordan's airway and putting him into the recovery position.
Customers in the shop called police and put the manager into the recovery position.