Immediate Life Support (ILS)- Healthcare

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Recovery Position

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Recovery Position in a Hospital Bed


In this brief video guide, we will demonstrate how to place a patient in the recovery position when using a hospital bed or in a hospital or care home setting.


Before moving the patient, there are essential steps to consider:

  • Bed Stability: Ensure the hospital bed is stable, securely fixed in place, and all brakes are engaged on all four corners.
  • Side Curtain: Lower the side curtain to allow unobstructed access to the patient.

Positioning the Patient

Follow these steps to place the patient in the recovery position:

  • Stand Close: Stand close to the bed, ensuring there's no gap between you and the side of the bed.
  • Hand Placement: Lift the patient's right hand (or left if on the opposite side), positioning it away from their face.
  • Protect the Face: Place the opposite hand across their face, ensuring no sharp objects or jewelry are in the way.
  • Secure the Hand: Hold the hand in position to prevent it from falling back.
  • Pivot Point: Lift the outside leg at the knee, using it as a pivot point.
  • Control the Roll: Gently press down on the knee, allowing the patient to roll towards you while controlling their head.
  • Remove Obstructions: Ensure there are no pillows or items under the patient's head that might block the airway.
  • Maintain Control: Stay with the patient in this position, providing continuous supervision and support.

By following these steps, you can safely position a patient in the recovery position in a hospital or care home environment.