The Recovery Position - just what is it?
Ideally used when you find a person unresponsive, or unconscious. Can also be used under these circumstances:
You need to leave an unconscious person alone - to direct EMS to your position, for example
The unconscious person's airway is open - and you want to maintain the open airway
The unconscious person is breathing. Constantly monitor the breathing (If breathing stop, start CPR)
Someone who is severely inebriated
Advantages of the skill:
Keeps the person's airway open
Prevents aspiration (when fluid enter lung(s)
Prevents tongue from potentially blocking the airway
The skills can also be used on a person who may have suffered a stroke. If they are on the floor or ground, or in the bed, turn the person onto his or her side, with the affected side up.
After a person has suffered a seizure - and the convulsing has stopped, this skill and also be used
If there are any signs of bleeding, deal with the bleed by adding a dressing to it.