If a person is unconscious but is breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they should be placed in the recovery position.
Putting someone in the recovery position will keep their airway clear and open. It also ensures that any vomit or fluid won’t cause them to choke.
This is how you put someone in recovery position:
How about Spinal Injury?
If you think a person may have a spinal injury, do not attempt to move them until the emergency services reach you. If it’s necessary to open their airway, place your hands on either side of their head and gently lift their jaw with your fingertips to open the airway. Take care not to move their neck.
You should suspect a spinal injury if the person:
- has been involved in an incident that’s directly affected their spine, such as a fall from height or being struck directly in the back
- complains of severe pain in their neck or back
- won’t move their neck
- feels weak, numb or paralysed
- has lost control of their limbs, bladder or bowels