Recovery position

The position in which to place an unconscious, breathing casualty, while waiting for medical help. The body is placed on its side with the upper leg bent at a right angle; the lower leg is kept straight. The lower arm is bent at a right angle; the upper is bent with the palm of the hand placed against the lower cheek to support the head, which is tilted back to keep the airway open. Casualties with suspected spinal injuries should not be placed in the recovery position.


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