What Does The Recovery Position Entail In First Aid Procedures?

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Putting a Patient in a Recovery position after First Aid For Shock
Putting a Patient in a Recovery position after First Aid For Shock

The recovery position is one of the most common terms used in providing standard first aid, and it is just that: the position in which you place a victim so that they are able to recover faster. More importantly, first aiders must take note that this position is recommended for various injuries, whether it is blunt trauma of a medical disorder. What makes this position unique? This position is critical because it reduces stress on the body and promotes its ability to sustain itself even in stressing conditions such as this. It allows the body to undergo healing, something which is very important in ensuring that the victim undergoes speedy recovery.

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The fundamental approach taken in determining the recovery position revolves around the fact that when an individual is sitting or standing. The heart has to work harder in order to effectively deliver blood to the vital organs within the body. Studies have indicated that laying down at an angle significantly increases the strain in the body, and this has the effect of forcing the heart to increase its rate if the vital organs have to continue receiving blood supply. It is for this reason that when one is injured. It becomes important to reduce the burden on the heart.

What are some of the principles to be followed when a victim has to be placed in the recovery position?

–          The victim must be placed in a lateral position. In this position, the head must be aligned to permit for the proper drainage of fluid.

–          The victim must lay on a stable surface to prevent unnecessary movement.

–          Anything that increases pressure on the victim’s chest must be eliminated to prevent difficulty in breathing.

–          In the recovery position, it is vital that the victim is placed so that they can be able to switch sides easily, whether to lay on their back or on their side.

–          The victim in this position must be able to be seen easily for proper monitoring.

–          As a general rule, it is very important that a victim placed in this position is not predisposed to further injury.

When can the recovery position be used?

–          This position can be used for anyone breathing on their own, and who is not in need of resuscitation but who keeps slipping in and out of consciousness.

–          Individuals who have fainted

What you need to know before placing an individual in recovery position

–          The victim can be placed on either side, it does not really count whether it is the left or the right side.

–          Put the victim’s hand outwards to the front (note that this is the arm that is in direct contact with the ground.

–          The leg that is not in contact with the ground will then be put in such a way that it is in the opposite direction with the outstretched arm.

–          The head is then allowed to rest so that the airways are not blocked.

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