How you could save a life
Would you know what to do in an emergency? Dr Sarah Brewer reveals all you need to know to act quickly in a crisis
Dr Sarah Brewer reveals all you need to know in an emergency
The recovery position
You may remember learning this as a child, but it’s useful to refresh your knowledge of this simple technique. If you know the recovery position, you can keep an unresponsive person’s airway open until medical help arrives.
1 If they are on their back, straighten their arms and legs. Kneeling beside them, lift the arm nearest to you sideways at right angles to their body. Lay their forearm and palm upwards, parallel with their head.
2 Bring their other arm across their chest and put the back of that hand against their cheek nearest to you. Hold it there with the flat of your hand. Lift the knee farthest from you so that their foot is on the floor, next to their other knee.
3 Pull the bent knee towards you, so the person rolls towards you on to their side, almost face down.
Tilt their head back to open the airway to drain vomit or saliva. Position the top leg 90 degrees to their body so it stops them rolling on to their stomach.
Don’t move someone if you suspect they have a spinal injury, unless their breathing is affected or they need to be removed from danger.