Let’s say you’ve come to an office and found a colleague. They’re lying on the floor and not moving. What follows are the CPR recovery position steps you would take.
1. Check For Danger
The first thing is to look for danger. What caused this? In any emergency your own safety is paramount. You’ll notice we are following the DRSABCD protocol.
2. Look For A Response
Say you look around and don’t see anything. We go up to them casually. We check for a response. In checking for response, we touch and feel. You can rub their cheek. Ask, “Mate, are you okay? Can you hear me?” We might grab their hand and give their hand a bit of a squeeze.
3. Send For Help
The next step is to send for help. In Australia phone 000 or 112. If there are other people around tell someone, “Right, Charlie, I want you to go out and call an ambulance. Tell them what’s happened and where we are. After that, come back here. Do you understand? The important thing is to maintain eye contact and use strong gestures. Make sure they understand so you get a confirmation.
It’s vital to send for help right away. People can get so engrossed in doing cpr recovery position steps that no one thinks to get help. Otherwise you’ll continue doing the treatment and help will never arrive.
The reason I told Charlie to come back is to advise me that, yes, the ambulance is definitely on the way. Also because the ambulance will say, “Can you send someone out to the nearest crossroad or to the front of building and guide us in?”
Now, if Charlie does that I would never learn that help was coming. I’d then need to find somebody else to send for an ambulance.
4. Check The Airway
The next step is to check the airway. Open the mouth with your thumb. “Pull the door open”. Have a look inside. If there’s anything in there, we might sweep it out. Or we might roll them onto their side and let it fall out. Then we open the airway.
Tilt the head back. Bring your ear up to their mouth, hand on their chest – look, listen, feel. We want to see if their chest rises and falls. We’re trying to listen to any breath sounds and we’re trying to feel their breath on our cheek. Look, listen, feel.
Assuming the casualty is breathing we now want to maintain their airway. We need to place them into the recovery position.
This is a standard way. Place an arm across their chest and the other one out to their side. Bring up their knee so we can use it for leverage. We are not going to lift him. CPR recovery position steps do not require strength. It doesn’t take much force to roll someone over using their own body weight. With one hand on the shoulder, a hand on the knee, turn them over. Then tilt the head back to maintain the airway.
If we believe they have a spinal injury, we need to support the head and neck with our hand. Bring our forearm up with the shoulder with their head in our hand. It’s important to control their head. Make sure that it’s not at some weird angle. If we had a second person they would take control of the head while we rolled them over. For precise method watch the video above.
CPR Recovery Position Steps Simplified
The cpr recovery position steps are simple to implement. Before rolling someone over remember to follow standard DRSABCD procedure. Always check for danger, look for a response, send for help and clear the airway if necessary. Only then roll them into position.
You are now also ready to perform a secondary survey.