A position used in first aid to prevent choking in unconscious patients, in which the body is placed facing downwards and slightly to the side, supported by the bent limbs. Also called semi-prone position.
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- If the patient is unconscious and vomiting, move them into the recovery position by turning them on their side and making sure their airways are clear.
- The recovery position ensures that an unconscious person maintains an open airway, that the tongue cannot be swallowed, and any vomit or fluid will not cause choking.
- Teesside Crown Court was told that had he been put in the first-aid recovery position and given urgent medical attention by the officers, he might have been saved.