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Recovery position - series—Procedure, part 1

Procedure, part 1

Overview

If the victim is breathing and in no need of chest compressions and CPR, the victim should be placed in the recovery position. The recovery position helps keep the victim's airway open. To put the victim in the recovery position grab the victim's leg and shoulder and roll him or her towards you.

Review Date 7/20/2013

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.