Update on Recovery Position


The recovery position is used for unresponsive adult victims who clearly have normal breathing and effective circulation. This position is designed to maintain a patent airway and reduce the risk of airway obstruction and aspiration. The victim is placed on his or her side with the lower arm in front of the body.

AHA Viewpoint on Recovery Position:

There are several variations of the recovery position, each with its own advantages. No single position is perfect for all victims.

The position should be stable, near a true lateral position, with the head dependent and with no pressure on the chest to impair breathing.

Studies in normal volunteers show that extending the lower arm above the head and rolling the head onto the
arm, while bending both legs, may be feasible for victims with known or suspected spinal injury.

The above update is from the adult and pediatric basic life support (BLS) 2017
focused updates to the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC).

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Faisal Javed Mir is Occupational Health and Safety Professional, having 15+ years of profound experience in training and consultancy. He has knowledge, skills, experience, tools, proven history and confidence to deliver what is required by the valued clients. He is teaching First Aid since 2006 and certified by MEDIC First Aid International of United States for many first aid certification programs. He is the only Instructor-Trainer by MEDIC First Aid and American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) in Pakistan.
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