If a victim is breathing normally with a pulse* and uninjured, place the person in a side-lying recovery position to protect the airway. The recovery position helps protect the airway by using gravity to drain fluids from the mouth and keep the tongue from blocking the airway. Keep head, neck, and torso aligned during roll; end with face and torso angled forward. Use arms and legs to provide stability.
Frequently assess and monitor the person’s breathing. The condition can quickly become worse and require additional care.
This is archived where one of the course participant is trying hard to put the victim into recovery position. At First Aid to Save a Life, our instructors will teach you live—in person, using training materials specially developed to teach first aid techniques. They will not only instruct you, they will be available to check your movements as you practices. They will keep working with you until you demonstrate the correct skills to save a life.
*A pulse check is for advanced first aid care providers and healthcare professionals. It is not for basic first aid care providers.