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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