- Drowsiness and confusion. Does not respond
- Head injury or stroke
- Loss of blood
- Near drowning
- Drug overdose
WHAT TO DO
- If breathing sounds noisy or gurgling, clear the airway
- If the patient is not breathing, start mouth-to-mouth respiration
- Place patients in the recovery position. If possible cover the patient with a blanket or jacket.
- Do not leave the patient unattended.
THE RECOVERY POSITION
The recovery position is a safe position that allows the patient to breathe freely and prevent chocking.
WHAT TO DO
- Kneel beside the patient. Turn his head towards you and tilt it back, keeping the jaw forward in the open airway position.
- Put the patient’s arm nearest to you straight along his side and his hand under his buttock. Put the other arm across his chest.
- Cross the leg furthest away from you over the leg nearest you-at the ankle.
- Support the patient’s head with one hand and with the other hand get a firm grip of his clothing. Pull him towards you, supporting his body against your knee
- Bend his uppermost arm and leg so that he does not roll onto his face. Gently pull out his lower arm from under his body and place it in a comfortable position.